One of the things we’ve always heard about Florida is that it has lots of enormous bugs. Today we learned that it’s also home to a much slimier member of the Department of Awesomely Huge Creatures: the Giant African land snail (Lissachatina fulica). As the name implies, these massive mollusks aren’t native to North America, and they’ve proven to be quite an invasive problem. But that doesn’t mean we can’t take a moment to marvel at their monstrous size. They grow to a foot long and weigh one pound. Think about that the next time you happen to see a little snail that doesn’t have an appetite for stucco houses, which they eat in order to satisfy the calcium requirements for growing such huge shells.

Visit Wired to learn more about Florida’s troublesome Giant snails.

1st and 3rd photos via USDA, 2nd photo by fiddledydee.

[via Wired and Lost At E Minor]

And if looking at these gargantuan gastropods has you feeling a little slimy, considering washing up with some of our Snail Oil Beauty Soap. You’ll be feeling pretty in no time.