Invasive Apple Snail

The golden apple snail was introduced to Hawaii in 1989 as a possible cash crop - the <br />
escargot of the tropics. It began invading taro patches in Hawaii--a traditional staple crop of <br />
native Hawaiians. <br />
The female crawls out of the water at night and lays eggs on the stalks of plants that look <br />
like a wad of pink bubblegum. A female can lay 4,000-8000 eggs that hatch--the density of <br />
snails in Hawaii has reaches 130 per square meter.

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