Invasive Mystery Snail Detected in Lake Lanier: What We Know

June 23, 2024
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Invasive Mystery Snail Detected in Lake Lanier: What We Know
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The Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division has confirmed the presence of an invasive mystery snail species in Lake Lanier, urging anglers and boaters to take preventative measures.

🐌 The Details: The agency’s routine sampling of Lake Lanier uncovered a reproducing population of Chinese/Japanese Mystery Snails, a member of the genus Cipangopaludina. This invasive species, previously identified in other Georgia waterbodies, poses ecological and economic threats by damaging boating equipment, hindering water access, and disrupting native ecosystems. The snails can also carry intestinal parasites harmful if consumed raw or undercooked.

📊 By The Numbers:

  • Lake Lanier is now one of multiple Georgia waterbodies with this invasive species.
  • Recent regulations ban the possession of live mystery snails in Georgia.

🌍 The Big Picture: Invasive species like the mystery snail can out-compete native wildlife, disrupt ecosystems, and cause significant economic damage. Their introduction is often linked to the pet trade and food markets. Preventative measures are critical in managing these ecological threats.

🔍 Why It Matters: The spread of invasive species like the mystery snail can have long-term consequences for Georgia’s waterways and biodiversity. Public awareness and action are essential to prevent further spread and mitigate the impacts on local ecosystems.

🛠️ What You Can Do:

  • Wash your boat, trailer, and fishing gear thoroughly after use.
  • Avoid dumping aquariums or releasing non-native species into waterbodies.
  • Report sightings of invasive species to GeorgiaWildlife.com/ans.

⏭️ What’s Next?: The wildlife resources division will continue monitoring and managing the invasive mystery snail population in Lake Lanier. Updates on further findings and regulations will be provided as the situation evolves.


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