State and federal agricultural inspectors continue to survey the Giant African land snail infestation in Miami-Dade County that was discovered September 8th.
"In less than a two-week period, we have come up with at least 7,000 [Giant] African land snails," said Mark Fagan, spokesperson for the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.
Fagan said that as a result of the public's cooperation reporting snail sightings to a helpline number, many areas around central and south central Miami-Dade County have been identified.
"We need the public help," Fagan said. "The other areas came to us when they called our number."
The snails have spread from the original infestation in Coral Gables to the northwest quadrant of the City of Miami, the southwest corner of the City of Miami, Hialeah, and Kendall Hammocks.
The Giant African species is one of the largest of snails in the world. They grow up to eight inches in length and more than four inches in width with a lifespan around nine years.