Skip to comments.Deadly giant snail found in Houston
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."
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Ban the snails!
i thot they want to ban salt weapons
garlic, butter, panette.
Coming soon to an expensive French restaurant near you?
and meningitis and parasites
“Are they assault snails?”
Why yes they are, but they’re back ordered.
It's the only way to be sure.
Giant killer assault snails ping!
What did the girl snail say to the male snail? Where did you learn to eat escargot like that
What is an African snail doing in Texas? Eco-terrorism?
Are they sure it’s not Jackson-Lee’s hair?
Something ELSE that the enemedia can headline -instead of Benghazi.
Shoulda known I’d find you here ...
All the Above
We have found the snail and we have named it Sheila, last name Lee
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.
The movie bombed.
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