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Old 05-17-2012, 08:21 PM   #1
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snail A Snail Tale

A Snail Tale
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While you worry about enough trucks for shipping and whether there is inventory to match sales, the snails are creeping in. They move in silently on plants, in trucks, on airplanes and ships. They are brought in surreptitiously for food, entertainment, and biological control. Unfortunately most of us are unaware of their potential for harm, real disaster in some situations. Exotic snails are getting a toe-hold into the Pacific Northwest and the only thing between them and global domination is a vigilant public.

When do exotic snails move from menu item to menace? Many of us are familiar with escargot and how the brown garden snail, Cantareus aspersus, worked its way into our diet, then into our landscapes. Allegedly brought into San Francisco as a culinary item, this slippery fiend has escaped into the wild, foraging as it goes. Nurseries in Oregon are well aware of the harm caused by just one brown garden snail showing up - quarantine and the associated chemical applications and misery of such status. But there are other snails of which we should all become aware. They can do real harm to nursery stock, grass seed fields, vineyards, tree fruits, small fruits, and grain crops. Worse yet, they can carry diseases and parasites detrimental to native snails and animals as well as people…
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