The edible European land snail Otala lactea was introduced to Pass-a-Grille, the southern tip of an ex-island just outside of the Tampa Bay in Florida that is now connected to the mainland by a bridge. Yesterday, we found a bunch of them alongside a wall behind the beach in Pass-a-Grille.
The snails live on sand, which doesn't retain any water on the surface even in areas where the meager ground cover provides some shade. During dry weather both the juvenile and adult O. lactea aestivate on stems and blades of grass.
Later at a nearby restaurant, we noticed that the menu featured escargot. Perhaps, the chef has discovered the ideal solution to control the population of one non-native species.