2014.04.24【英译中】Invasion Of The Giant African Land Snails

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发表于:2014-04-29 01:48 [只看楼主] [划词开启]

Invasion Of The Giant African Land Snails
入侵非洲大陆的蜗牛
Like many midwesterners, it turns out that giant African land snails really love Florida.
就像许多美国中西部的居民一样,非洲大蜗牛原来也喜欢佛罗里达。
Not A Good Thing
不是件好事
Unfortunately, giant African Land Snails are some of the world’s most destructive snails. They can grow to be eight inches long — as big as rats — and to weigh more than one pound. They’re so huge, in fact, that their shells have been known to blow out tires.
不幸的是,非洲大蜗牛是世界上破坏性最强的蜗牛。他们能长到八英寸长——和老鼠一样大——体重超过一磅。事实上,它们巨大的壳可以留下印记。
The real trouble is that these snails reproduce very quickly. Under optimal conditions — such as warm, tropical Florida — one snail can lay up to a thousand or so eggs a year. And these snails’ typical life span is three to five years, with some living as long as nine years.
真正糟糕的是这些蜗牛繁殖的速度很快。在理想的条件下——比如像佛罗里达这样温暖、炎热的地方——一只蜗牛一年可以产下一千多枚蛋。而这些蜗牛的标准寿命是三到五年,有些甚至能存活九年的时间。
Why Is This A Problem?
为什么这会是一个问题?
Unlike most snails, giant African land snails don’t just eat decaying organic matter or leaf molds; they eat the plants themselves, so they pose a huge threat to agriculture, one of Florida’s main industries. What’s more, they’re not picky.They eat over five hundred species of plants, and some have even been known to chew through stucco and plastic containers.
不想大多数蜗牛那样,非洲大蜗牛不会吞食腐败的有机质或腐叶土壤;它们吞食植物本身,所以它们对农业造成了巨大的威胁,而农业正是佛罗里达的主要产业。而且它们并不挑食。它们会吞食超过五百种植物,其中的一些甚至能咀嚼灰泥和塑料容器。
And for your health. Some of these snails can carry diseases such as a parasitic rat lungworm that can cause meningitis in humans. So if you see a giant African land snail in your yard, don’t touch it or kill it yourself. Instead, call your local authorities or department of agriculture so that they can dispose of the snail and its nesting materials safely.
有关你的健康。一些蜗牛会携带疾病,比如引发脑膜炎的寄生鼠肺线虫。所以如果你发现一只非洲大蜗牛在你的院子里,就不要接触或亲自除掉它。而是要打电话给当地的农业部门,以便他们可以安全的处置蜗牛及其筑巢的材料。


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