By Rob Beschizza at 6:12 am Mon, Apr 15, 2013
Now if only they could get the pythons to eat the snails and then fall into the sinkholes the circle of life would be complete and all of the problems would be solved.
Don’t forget about the Lionfish.
When you say “giant” snail, how big are we. . .oh. Yes, that is quite large, and just about the size of a big rat. Next question: are they edible?
I’m sure they’re a bit dry after all that stucco.
In parts of Africa they’re considered a delicacy.
Personally I find the taste a bit meh. Lots of people like them. Maybe the stucco will improve the flavour?
I’ve hard they are delicious but problematic to prepare. Apparently the slime is difficult to remove and dangerous to eat. I’ve also heard the flesh itself can be a bit dangerous, toxins or parasites or something.
Makes sense, there’s lots of creatures that eat poisonous plants to become poisonous themselves.
These mollusks are also a big problem in Brazil. They were brought here because someone thought it would be a good idea to eat these animals at expensive and fancy restaurants. According to this article – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Achatina_fulica#Parasites – these creatures could carry a lot of dangerous parasites.
re parasites: Just because you *can* eat them doesn’t mean you should eat them *raw*!
We’ve had them in Hawaii since WWII, when the military decided they would be a tasty protein source for invading Marines and spread them all over the Pacific. The Marines preferred Spam. We’ve had no problems with stucco-eating or tire-puncturing. I’d tell Florida to keep your house painted and don’t park on the lawn.
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