Golden Apple Snail on Taro

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The golden apple snail lays eggs (pink substance) on taro plants in Hawaii. The snail feeds on the root of the plant and causes it to wither and die. <br />
The apple snail was introduced to Hawaii in 1989 as a possible cash crop - the escargot of <br />
the tropics. It began invading taro patches in Hawaii--a traditional staple crop of native <br />
Hawaiians. <br />
The female crawls out of the water at night and lays eggs on the stalks of plant. A female lays 4,000-8000 eggs that hatch--the density of <br />
snails in Hawaii has reaches 130 per square meter.
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