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Deadly giant snail found in Houston
NBC News ^ | 6 May 2013 | Andrew Rafferty

Posted on 05/07/2013 7:33:39 PM PDT by rfreedom4u

Residents of a Houston neighborhood are being warned to stay away from giant African land snails after a woman found one in her garden and snapped a photo of it.

The snails, researchers warn, are potentially dangerous to touch, in part because they can carry meningitis. Scientists have warned anyone who comes in contact with them to wash their hands thoroughly.

"They also carry a parasitic disease that can cause a lot of harm to humans and sometimes even death," Autumn Smith-Herron, director of the Institute for the Study of Invasive Species at Sam Houston State University, told NBC Houston affiliate KPRC.

A woman gardening in the Briar Forest neighborhood of Houston found the snail and notified workers at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center who deal with invasive plants. It is the first reported sighting of the mollusk in Texas, and no one seems to know how it got there.

The giant snails can lay 100 eggs per month, and though only one has been found, it is believed more are in the area.

Jack Fendrick, who lives near where the slimy giant was discovered, said he will do his part to warn of the potentially deadly snails.

"I think most kids especially would look at a big snail and want to touch it," he said. "That's scary."

(Excerpt) Read more at usnews.nbcnews.com ...


TOPICS: Miscellaneous; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: houston; irrationalfear; napl; paranoia; snails; snailterror; texas
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We should all carry salt to combat the snail problem!
1 posted on 05/07/2013 7:33:39 PM PDT by rfreedom4u
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To: rfreedom4u

Ban the snails!


2 posted on 05/07/2013 7:34:46 PM PDT by sagar
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To: rfreedom4u
Are they assault snails?
3 posted on 05/07/2013 7:37:48 PM PDT by TheBigB (Al Sharpton would scream racism at a bowl of Cheerios.)
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To: rfreedom4u

i thot they want to ban salt weapons


4 posted on 05/07/2013 7:37:53 PM PDT by bigheadfred ( barry your mouth is writing checks your ass cant cash)
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To: rfreedom4u

garlic, butter, panette.
Good eats.


5 posted on 05/07/2013 7:38:09 PM PDT by llevrok (2013: - Obama vs America. The new cold war)
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To: rfreedom4u

Coming soon to an expensive French restaurant near you?


6 posted on 05/07/2013 7:38:56 PM PDT by faithhopecharity (()
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To: llevrok

and meningitis and parasites


7 posted on 05/07/2013 7:39:45 PM PDT by bigheadfred ( barry your mouth is writing checks your ass cant cash)
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To: TheBigB

“Are they assault snails?”

Why yes they are, but they’re back ordered.


8 posted on 05/07/2013 7:40:14 PM PDT by davetex (Location: The Alamo)
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To: rfreedom4u
I say we take off and nuke the site from orbit.

It's the only way to be sure.

9 posted on 05/07/2013 7:40:28 PM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: Eaker; humblegunner

Giant killer assault snails ping!


10 posted on 05/07/2013 7:40:53 PM PDT by Salamander
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To: rfreedom4u

What did the girl snail say to the male snail? Where did you learn to eat escargot like that


11 posted on 05/07/2013 7:40:56 PM PDT by al baby (Hi Mom)
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To: rfreedom4u

What is an African snail doing in Texas? Eco-terrorism?


12 posted on 05/07/2013 7:40:59 PM PDT by stars & stripes forever ((Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord!))
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To: sagar

Are they sure it’s not Jackson-Lee’s hair?


13 posted on 05/07/2013 7:41:34 PM PDT by Caribou ( www.ktok.com Red State Radio free streaming.)
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To: rfreedom4u

Oh, joy!

Something ELSE that the enemedia can headline -instead of Benghazi.


14 posted on 05/07/2013 7:41:48 PM PDT by RandallFlagg
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To: Salamander

Shoulda known I’d find you here ...


15 posted on 05/07/2013 7:41:59 PM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: rfreedom4u

Global Warming

Bush’s Fault

All the Above


16 posted on 05/07/2013 7:42:00 PM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.)
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To: rfreedom4u

We have found the snail and we have named it Sheila, last name Lee


17 posted on 05/07/2013 7:42:02 PM PDT by NonValueAdded (3 guns when you only have one arm? "I just don't want to get killed for lack of shooting back")
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To: rfreedom4u
Damn, snails only have one known natural enemy.
18 posted on 05/07/2013 7:42:15 PM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (Doing the same thing and expecting different results is called software engineering.)
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To: rfreedom4u

Somehow I see a flashback to the movie DR DOOLITTLE with Rex Harrison as he comes in riding on the shell of a large snail.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0061584/?ref_=fn_al_tt_4

The movie bombed.


19 posted on 05/07/2013 7:42:24 PM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (When someone burns a cross on your lawn, the best firehose is an AK-47.)
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To: rfreedom4u
They make good pets...

...but it takes forever to take one out for a walk!
20 posted on 05/07/2013 7:42:54 PM PDT by null and void (Republicans create the tools of oppression and Democrats use them. Gun confiscation enables tyranny.)
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To: rfreedom4u

On the other hand I can see STEVE MARTIN yelling at a waiter...”THERE;S A SNAIL ON HER PLATE!”


21 posted on 05/07/2013 7:43:59 PM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (When someone burns a cross on your lawn, the best firehose is an AK-47.)
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To: rfreedom4u
HOLY CRAP!



22 posted on 05/07/2013 7:44:09 PM PDT by Baynative (Lord, keep your arm around my shoulder and your hand over my mouth.)
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To: bigheadfred

Cooking kills parasites.

I can’t help but look at those things and wonder if they could be made edible like regular snails—by feeding them a special diet for a few days, then submerging them in water (with many water changes) until they purge all the slime.

Then boil, clean, serve up with some garlic/butter sauce, they’ll be delicious.


23 posted on 05/07/2013 7:44:31 PM PDT by exDemMom (Now that I've finally accepted that I'm living a bad hair life, I'm more at peace with the world.)
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To: exDemMom

Wiki sez they’re edible.

I sez: “You first”.


24 posted on 05/07/2013 7:45:45 PM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: rfreedom4u

It’s a story about a hulking slimy thing that carries disease and parasites in Houston...I thought this was going to be a story about Sheila Jackson Lee.


25 posted on 05/07/2013 7:46:06 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (I am a dissident. Will you join me? My name is John....)
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To: ArrogantBustard

I wonder if snails ever get claustrophobia.


26 posted on 05/07/2013 7:46:27 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (The monsters are due on Maple Street)
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To: stars & stripes forever
What is an African snail doing in Texas?

He snuck across the border from Mexico.

27 posted on 05/07/2013 7:47:54 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (The monsters are due on Maple Street)
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To: rfreedom4u

Dang! Harryhausen just missed it!


28 posted on 05/07/2013 7:48:08 PM PDT by Beowulf9
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To: UCANSEE2
Is Maple Street in Houston? Seems the monsters are already there ...

The invasion of Giant Snails: Reason #239782 why we need armour piercing bullets and 30rd magazines.

29 posted on 05/07/2013 7:48:49 PM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: Allegra

Would madame enjoy the snails tonight? They’re especially ... Fresh!


30 posted on 05/07/2013 7:49:06 PM PDT by JennysCool (My hypocrisy goes only so far)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets
Damn, snails only have one known natural enemy.

Yeah.... long drops.

31 posted on 05/07/2013 7:49:10 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (The monsters are due on Maple Street)
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To: exDemMom
Cooking kills parasites.

I had a Dr. explain it to me like this...cooking kills the germs, but leaves the toxins behind.

32 posted on 05/07/2013 7:49:15 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (I am a dissident. Will you join me? My name is John....)
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To: rfreedom4u

33 posted on 05/07/2013 7:50:48 PM PDT by PeaceBeWithYou (De Oppresso Liber! (50 million and counting in Afghanistan and Iraq))
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To: rfreedom4u

34 posted on 05/07/2013 7:51:21 PM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (When someone burns a cross on your lawn, the best firehose is an AK-47.)
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To: Baynative

Looks like Friday night at the trailer park.


35 posted on 05/07/2013 7:51:46 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (The monsters are due on Maple Street)
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Cooking kills parasites.

sounds great u can have mine but it reminds me of all those fish dad caught in lake yellowstone that had a worm parasite he said their cooked and that time at my aunts eating a bowl of cereal down to the milk and all those weevils floating and aunt says i microwave them yum and those fried ants my cuz brought back from columbia omg i am laughing so hard and a fly just flew in my mouth...

36 posted on 05/07/2013 7:51:54 PM PDT by bigheadfred ( barry your mouth is writing checks your ass cant cash)
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To: bigheadfred

They say everything’s bigger in Texas...


37 posted on 05/07/2013 7:52:14 PM PDT by Winstons Julia (Hello OWS? We don't need a revolution like China's; China needs a revolution like OURS.)
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To: rfreedom4u

hah- just watched an old movie about giant snails ‘trerorizing’ a city-


38 posted on 05/07/2013 7:54:20 PM PDT by CottShop (Scientific belief does not constitute scientific evidence, nor does it convey scientific knowledge)
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To: null and void
..but it takes forever to take one out for a walk

no no no it is take one out of the wok

39 posted on 05/07/2013 7:54:42 PM PDT by bigheadfred ( barry your mouth is writing checks your ass cant cash)
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To: bigheadfred

***am laughing so hard and a fly just flew in my mouth... **

You need to swallow a spider to catch the fly, or else you’ll die!

http://www.rhymes.org.uk/there_was_an_old_lady.htm


40 posted on 05/07/2013 7:55:47 PM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (When someone burns a cross on your lawn, the best firehose is an AK-47.)
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To: ArrogantBustard
Is Maple Street in Houston?

Yes, and No.

No, because the actual city/state was never given in Twilight Zone Episodes.

Yes, because every street is a potential Maple Street and the monsters are always there because they are us.

41 posted on 05/07/2013 7:55:48 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (The monsters are due on Maple Street)
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To: Winstons Julia

this is what open borders gets you anything that can fly swim walk crawl


42 posted on 05/07/2013 7:56:52 PM PDT by bigheadfred ( barry your mouth is writing checks your ass cant cash)
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To: bigheadfred

lol ::snort::


43 posted on 05/07/2013 7:57:08 PM PDT by visualops (artlife.us)
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To: llevrok

I eat nothing that leaves a slimy trail, whether it walks, crawls, or oozes...............


44 posted on 05/07/2013 7:57:12 PM PDT by doorgunner69
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To: rfreedom4u
I understand that snails like people are glad to drown their sorrows in a can of beer.
45 posted on 05/07/2013 7:57:57 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar

ill die before i et a spider creepy little barstards


46 posted on 05/07/2013 7:58:30 PM PDT by bigheadfred ( barry your mouth is writing checks your ass cant cash)
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To: bigheadfred

Bloomberg is now banning them in NYC eateries...LOL!


47 posted on 05/07/2013 8:00:45 PM PDT by YouGoTexasGirl
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To: rfreedom4u

Ray Harryhausen would be impressed. RIP


48 posted on 05/07/2013 8:02:51 PM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: ArrogantBustard

http://www.moviesoundclips.net/download.php?id=696&ft=mp3

I wonder if you were to fry one of those — if they would taste like calamari.


49 posted on 05/07/2013 8:03:11 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: YouGoTexasGirl

he banned himself? bout time he got one thing right


50 posted on 05/07/2013 8:03:15 PM PDT by bigheadfred ( barry your mouth is writing checks your ass cant cash)
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