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Giant African Land Snail Eradication Program – Ongoing!

Photograph courtesy of Andrew Derksen, Florida Cooperative Agriculture Pest Survey ProgramAre you aware of the latest news regarding the Giant African Land Snail program in Florida?  The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Division of Plant Industry (FDACS-DPI) and the USDA, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Plant Protection and Quarantine (USDA-APHIS-PPQ) are working hard to prevent the Giant African Land Snail’s establishment in the continental U.S.

A toll-free number is available to report snail sightings to FDACS-DPI:  1-888-397-1517.

The FDACS-DPI Giant African Land Snail page is available at: http://www.freshfromflorida.com/pi/gals/

Educators interested in ready-to-go information on the Giant African Land Snail can download a scripted presentation (-script includes detailed speaker notes with reference background information) on the Protect U.S. website http://www.protectingusnow.org/ . Go to ‘scripted presentations.’  Authors of the scripted presentation are Stocks (UF), White-McClean (FDACS-DPI), and Hodges (UF).  Presentations on Protect U.S. are periodically updated as appropriate.  A link to an interactive, e-learning module is also provided on the Protect U.S. site. The Protect U.S. project is co-coordinated by the University of Florida and the University of Illinois, and is a National Plant Diagnostic Network (NPDN) and Regional IPM Center partner project.  The formation of Protect U.S. was funded by the 10201 Farm Bill.

UF-IFAS also has a Featured Creatures on Giant African Land Snail (authors Capinera and White-McLean http://entnemdept.ufl.edu/creatures/misc/gastro/terrestrial_snails.htm ).