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Giant African Land Snail Not In Texas After All, Says USDA
2013-05-10 07:23:37

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Less than a day after a Houston-area gardener spotted what was believed to be a giant African land snail, a USDA spokeswoman reported Thursday (May 9) the creature is actually a rosy wolfsnail (Euglandina rosea). The rosy wolfsnail, also known as the cannibal snail, is a native North American species and is commonly found in Texas. Tanya Espinosa of the USDA said there is no evidence that the giant African land snail is in Texas....


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