These massive snails are actually real and a few years ago, they took over Florida. These snails could be devastating to Florida agriculture and natural areas because they cause extensive damage to tropical and subtropical environments.
The Giant African Land Snails (Achatina sp.) are molluscs and make ideal pets as they are easy to look after. They can live up to 10 years in the wild. The adult snail is about 7 centimeters (2. 8 in) in height, and 20 centimeters (7. 9 in) or more in length. Its shell has a conical shape, and it is about twice as high as it is broad. The snails are most active during the night.
All snails are hermaphrodites, which means that they have both male and female sex organs. Snails can produce more than one clutch of eggs following mating. As a result, snails that have not have been in contact with other snails for some time may still produce batches of viable eggs (assuming the snail was an adult when it was in contact with other snails).
Scientists consider the giant African land snail (or GALS) to be one of the most damaging snails in the world because it is known to consume at least 500 different types of plants, and can pose a serious health risk to humans. These snails could be devastating to Florida agriculture and natural areas because they cause extensive damage to tropical and subtropical environments.
We are pleading everyone to please do not bring any of them back from your latest foreign country adventure. Once you are caught bringing these giant snails across the border, you can possibly face prison time and the sanctions will not be pretty.