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Giant snails that can grow up to eight inches long, the size of a rat, have forced an entire Florida town into quarantine.

The invasive shelled gastropods, which are native to Africa, are carrying the parasite lungworm that leads to meningitis in humans.

This quarantine will last for two years, but unlike the coronavirus lockdowns, residents are just prohibited from moving plants, soil, yard waste, debris, compost and building materials outside the zone.


The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) confirmed the creature had settled in the city of Port Richey, just north of Tampa, on June 23 and the area was quarantined the next day.

The snail is also damaging to the environment, feasting on more than 500 different plants, and has a taste for concrete, which is detrimental to infrastructure.

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Giant snails that can grow up to eight inches long, the size of a rat, have forced an entire Florida town into quarantine

The quarantine zone starts at the northwest corner of US Highway 19 and Ridge Road. Proceed east on Ridge Road, south on Little Road, west on Trouble Creek Road, north on US Highway 19.

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, land snails were first spotted in southern Florida in the 1960s and it took nearly 10 years and $1 million to rid the area of them.

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These snails reproduce quickly, making about 1,200 eggs in a year.

'Each snail contains both female and male reproductive organs,' the United States Department of Agriculture said in a statement.

The quarantine zone starts at the northwest corner of US Highway 19 and Ridge Road. Proceed east on Ridge Road, south on Little Road, west on Trouble Creek Road, north on US Highway 19

'After a single mating, each snail can produce 100 to 500 eggs. 

'These snails can reproduce several more times without mating again. They can generate clutches of eggs every two to three months.'

The snails are also hard to eradicate because they do not have any natural predators. Each snail can live up to nine years and grow to be eight inches in length, roughly the size of an adult's hand from tip of the finger to the crease under the palm.

Treatment to eradicate this pest began on Wednesday, June 29, 2022, which is using a pesticide called metaldehyde that's known for controlling snails and slugs.

This quarantine will last for two years, but unlike the coronavirus lockdowns, residents are just prohibited from moving plants, soil, yard waste, debris, compost and building materials outside the zone

However, it is approved to be safe for vegetable and ornamental crops in the field or greenhouse, on fruit trees, small-fruit plants, in avocado and citrus orchards, berry plants, banana plants and residential areas.

'Available products can be applied as granules, sprays, dusts or bait pellets. Applications are typically made to the ground around the plants or crops to be protected,' according to the FDACS.

'Property owners inside the treatment area will be notified in person or by posted notice at least 24 hours in advance of the planned pesticide treatment.'

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Omar Kelly: Possession of playlist power inspires Dolphins players to shine

Never underestimate the power of a good playlist because the vibe music can create often sets the tone for whatever you’re embarking on.

So far, the reward system new coach Mike McDaniel created, letting the top performer of the previous day’s practice pick the music for the next session, has been one of the main motivators during training camp’s grueling work, often keeping the practices light and upbeat.

As a result, the playlist creator serves as the center of attention for a day.

Shine in practice with a dominant showing, which must be paired with consistency throughout the week, and an orange jersey and the team’s auxiliary cord is yours.

Players get a text the night before and must come to practice early to deliver the playlist they’ve curated.

Since the spring everyone acts as if receiving playlist power and the orange jersey that comes with it, is the highest honor one could receive from the team.

“It’s exciting,” said linebacker Andrew Van Ginkel, who provided camp’s most well-rounded playlist on Friday. “You get a text that says that you were the practice player of the day, so when I got that, I was happy just knowing all the hard work that I put in really is paying off.”

So far there have been people-pleasers like Van Ginkel, players who simply want everyone to be happy with their music choices so they put something in for everyone.

Then there are those who want the music to reflect the region of the country they are from, or the genre of music they are into.

Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, the orange jersey player on Wednesday, had that day’s practice feeling like the Dolphins had just relocated to the lobby of a Hawaiian resort, taking the tunes back to his childhood home.

Safety Jevon Holland’s music had a heavy West Coast flavor, as he paid tribute to his Oakland roots. And receiver Jaylen Waddle’s Houston upbringing was reflected on his orange jersey day.

Defensive tackle Zach Sieler’s orange jersey day was a throwback to 80′s rock.

Then there’s defensive tackle Christian Wilkins, who controlled the playlist on Saturday and gave the fans in attendance some dancing to accompany his musical taste, which was highlighted by his 2 Live Crew, Bobby Brown and Teddy Riley selections.

“I got to show my range,” said Wilkins, who used his first song of practice, Jay-Z’s “Public Service Announcement,” as a tribute to fellow defensive lineman John Jenkins, a 10-year veteran whom he stressed has “been having a heck of a camp.”

“It’s a lot of pressure because you have to set the tone for the day,” Wilkins said about the playlist power. “But you also have to be yourself a little bit. Guys are always hitting up other guys [for recommendations].

“I’m a man of the people, so I have to give the people what they want.”

What the players want is music that will inject energy into these dog days of summer practices in 100-degree heat. But the team’s standards are high.

“The whole point is, if you have any comments or critiques over the DJ list become the DJ,” McDaniel said when explaining how the orange jersey and playlist powers were created.

Tight end coach Jon Embree, who also serves as the assistant head coach, recommended that the playlist should be put in the hand of the previous days top performer after there was widespread complains about McDaniel’s music taste. Since then the coaching staff has routinely put it to a vote after the days film session.

When offensive lineman Liam Eichenberg’s playlist got messed up, and the same four songs kept playing over and over again during the early portion of practice last week, he heard about it nonstop during practice until the equipment people fixed it, and got his playlist going again.

“Man, that was a mess,” Eichenberg said. “I hit up the O-line and said ‘send me some songs.’ Then towards the back end, I put some country stuff.”

The hope is that the playlist continues to be a motivator, helping the team not only increase their musical taste and range but ultimately improves the on-field performance of the team this season.

The orange jersey has been around since the spring, and now some players — Tagovailoa, Tyreek Hill and Wilkins — are getting their second spin at being the practice DJ.

“Not yet. Not yet,” linebacker Jaelan Phillips said when asked if he’s a repeat orange jersey wearer. “Striving for it though.”


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