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Deadly giant snail found in Houston
nbcnews.com ^ | 05-08-2013 | By Andrew Rafferty, Staff Writer,

Posted on 05/08/2013 6:25:41 AM PDT by Red Badger

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."


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Miscellaneous; US: Florida; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: food; gardening; snail
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1 posted on 05/08/2013 6:25:42 AM PDT by Red Badger
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To: Red Badger

So where did it come from, Calipornia, New Yawk??!!


2 posted on 05/08/2013 6:28:48 AM PDT by US Navy Vet (Go Packers! Go Rockies! Go Boston Bruins! See, I'm "Diverse"!)
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To: Red Badger
they can carry meningitis

There goes the possibility of eradication via a good gumbo recipe...

3 posted on 05/08/2013 6:29:25 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: Red Badger

It’s obvious that Obama or one of his dorky minions once touched a member of that snail family years ago...and the poor snails were infected.


4 posted on 05/08/2013 6:30:25 AM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: Red Badger

5 posted on 05/08/2013 6:30:45 AM PDT by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: US Navy Vet

Africa via some exotic pet owner most likely.......


6 posted on 05/08/2013 6:30:54 AM PDT by Red Badger (Want to be surprised? Google your own name......Want to have fun? Google your friend's names........)
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To: thackney

I’m betting some pigs or chickens would clear the problem right up.


7 posted on 05/08/2013 6:32:10 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: Red Badger

“They carry a parasitic disease that can cause a lot of harm to humans and sometimes even death.”

The parasite is called rat lungworm which is a form of meningitis.

http://www.click2houston.com/news/giant-diseasespreading-snails-found-in-houston/-/1735978/20042282/-/w8b78t/-/index.html

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Dang, as if meingitis wasn’t bad enough, you get the “rat lungworm” variety. Who is going to admit the are sick with that?


8 posted on 05/08/2013 6:32:11 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: Red Badger

How did Harry Reid find his way to Houston?


9 posted on 05/08/2013 6:32:37 AM PDT by shove_it (long ago Orwell, Huxley and Rand warned us about 0bama's USA)
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To: MrB

If pigs were the answer, they would not be in Texas.

We are overrun with Feral hogs. Even getting into the suburban neighborhoods.


10 posted on 05/08/2013 6:33:08 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: thackney

Wouldn’t the meningitis be killed by the heat?


11 posted on 05/08/2013 6:33:50 AM PDT by Gadsden1st
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To: thackney

yes, I’ve heard (herd) they’re a problem...


12 posted on 05/08/2013 6:34:16 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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13 posted on 05/08/2013 6:35:28 AM PDT by deoetdoctrinae (The Old White Flag Republicans can go straight to He// and take their pal Obama with them!)
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To: Red Badger

14 posted on 05/08/2013 6:37:16 AM PDT by COBOL2Java (Fighting Obama without Boehner & McConnell is like going deer hunting without your accordion)
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To: Red Badger
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.

Wait so am I dead... is this the after life?.. Cause when I grew up in Africa whenever it rained there were dozens of these guys around and we all played with them as kids...
15 posted on 05/08/2013 6:37:21 AM PDT by battousai (Conservatives are racist? YES, I hate stupid white liberals.)
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To: rarestia

16 posted on 05/08/2013 6:38:09 AM PDT by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: battousai

“chance of”, for this generation of Americans, is “ooh nooo! scary! don’t touch! deadly!”


17 posted on 05/08/2013 6:39:58 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: Puppage

Look at that S Car Go!


18 posted on 05/08/2013 6:40:16 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: MrB
Look at that S Car Go!

LOL

A fellow connoisseur of bad puns.

19 posted on 05/08/2013 6:43:11 AM PDT by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: Gadsden1st
Wouldn’t the meningitis be killed by the heat?

I would guess so. Would you feel hungry thinking the rat lungworm you were about eat should be dead?

20 posted on 05/08/2013 6:47:34 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: battousai
Wait so am I dead... is this the after life?..

LOL!

No, it's just another attempt by the media to continue the fevered pitch of 'fear' that socialists feed off of.

Racoons carry ringworm. ALL fecal matter carries bacteria of some kind. Now these snails are to be feared because they MIGHT have a form of menigitis?

I guess the headline Do What Your Mama Taught You and Wash Your Hands After Touching Poop or Critters wouldn't serve their purpose quite so well. :-)

21 posted on 05/08/2013 6:49:23 AM PDT by MamaTexan (Please do not mistake my devotion to fairness as permission to be used as a doormat)
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To: Red Badger

That’s Sheila Jackson-Lee without her triple crown weave.


22 posted on 05/08/2013 6:49:26 AM PDT by Howie66 (Molon Labe, Traitors!)
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To: Red Badger

Boooshes fault! It happened in Texas and is reported on NBC, so it MUST be Boooshes fault! (sarc)


23 posted on 05/08/2013 6:49:37 AM PDT by A Formerly Proud Canadian (I once was lost but now I'm found; blind but now I see.)
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To: MrB

If left unchecked, the state’s feral hog tally — which was averaged at roughly 2.6 million animals — will more than triple in five years.

Using landowner surveys in 2010 from 139 of Texas’ 254 counties, the report found that the estimated reduction on feral hogs statewide from trapping, hunting and other methods was 753,646, or 29 percent of the population. Even at that same harvest rate, the report states that the population would still double in five years.

http://lubbockonline.com/outdoors/2013-03-31/leschper-new-report-highlights-states-feral-hog-problem#.UYpYGKKKJ8H


24 posted on 05/08/2013 6:51:26 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: thackney

I’m from Louisiana. If I thought about all the things I have eaten, I would have starved long ago.


25 posted on 05/08/2013 6:52:47 AM PDT by Gadsden1st
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To: battousai

Since Hussein is in charge, it cannot be heaven, so if this is the afterlife, we are all in the other place! We know that under Hussein’s watch, America is going to the otherplace ‘in a handbasket’.


26 posted on 05/08/2013 6:55:18 AM PDT by A Formerly Proud Canadian (I once was lost but now I'm found; blind but now I see.)
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To: Red Badger
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27 posted on 05/08/2013 6:55:42 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Red Badger

At least they didn’t advise everyone to run to higher ground if you see one....


28 posted on 05/08/2013 6:57:00 AM PDT by par4
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To: thackney
There is no excuse to be overrun with hogs, are y'all completely out of ammo?

If you take off the window screens you don't even have to go outside to shoot them, just don't forget to raise the window!

29 posted on 05/08/2013 6:57:04 AM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: A Formerly Proud Canadian

However, the reported snail got away before anyone was able to capture it.

just how fast do these giant snails move?


30 posted on 05/08/2013 6:57:25 AM PDT by Cyclone59 (Obama is like Ron Burgundy - he will read ANYTHING that is on the teleprompter)
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To: cripplecreek

I drove by that this morning... thought they were setting up for the Art Car Ball...


31 posted on 05/08/2013 7:00:24 AM PDT by SpinnerWebb (In 2012 you will awaken from your HOPEnosis and have no recollection of this... "Constitution")
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To: thackney

Sounds to me like, if they planned smart, they’d have a case of “too much food” in Texas.


32 posted on 05/08/2013 7:00:31 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

We are taking about 3/4 of a million a year and they still bread too fast to stop the population growth.


33 posted on 05/08/2013 7:00:50 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: Cyclone59

They move at blinding speeds... and have great fangs.


34 posted on 05/08/2013 7:01:10 AM PDT by SpinnerWebb (In 2012 you will awaken from your HOPEnosis and have no recollection of this... "Constitution")
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To: battousai

You probably had immunity built in........


35 posted on 05/08/2013 7:02:41 AM PDT by Red Badger (Want to be surprised? Google your own name......Want to have fun? Google your friend's names........)
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To: MrB

There are several places that purchase and accept the hogs for meat. The challenge is they want a live hog to show it was healthy. The hogs are not that cooperative. We even have a hog trap set up on my kid’s high school grounds.


36 posted on 05/08/2013 7:03:01 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: Red Badger

37 posted on 05/08/2013 7:03:07 AM PDT by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: par4

They told everyone to “Shelter in place”........


38 posted on 05/08/2013 7:05:31 AM PDT by Red Badger (Want to be surprised? Google your own name......Want to have fun? Google your friend's names........)
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To: thackney
Shoot faster!

I came home late one night and the automatic porch light didn't go on. I was groping my way up the walk and fell in a two foot deep hole.

The hogs had pulled up 10 feet of paving blocks and started excavating, must of been some kind of grubs under the blocks.

39 posted on 05/08/2013 7:05:33 AM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER
The hogs had pulled up 10 feet of paving blocks

So perhaps you understand this isn't an easily solved problem?

We are trying:

http://southwestfarmpress.com/livestock/profiting-feral-swine-invasion

40 posted on 05/08/2013 7:06:55 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: Red Badger

Everything's bigger in Texas.

41 posted on 05/08/2013 7:07:39 AM PDT by N-R-T
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Don’t need no guns, just a pit and some sharp stakes......ammo is too expensive nowadays........


42 posted on 05/08/2013 7:09:59 AM PDT by Red Badger (Want to be surprised? Google your own name......Want to have fun? Google your friend's names........)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

The hogs unscrewed the lightbulb. They are really smart........


43 posted on 05/08/2013 7:11:28 AM PDT by Red Badger (Want to be surprised? Google your own name......Want to have fun? Google your friend's names........)
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To: Red Badger

“Deadly Giant Snail...”

I guess that was one 1950’s big bug movie that didn’t get made. Probably because it was too laughably difficult to make a giant snail seem menacing. Even one as big as a house.

For a really hokey movie monster, there’s “The Giant Claw”. They ran low on funds so the special effects budget got slashed and the scary bird-like monster ended up being a goofy looking puppet sewn together by a French puppeteer. Pictures at the link.

http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=the+giant+claw+puppet&FORM=HDRSC2


44 posted on 05/08/2013 7:13:04 AM PDT by citizen (We get the government we choose. America either voted for Obama or handed it to him by not voting.)
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To: Red Badger
Very large version of second pic:
http://ronenews92fm.files.wordpress.com/2013/05/giant-african-land-snail.jpg
45 posted on 05/08/2013 7:15:42 AM PDT by servo1969
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To: Cyclone59
just how fast do these giant snails move?

About the same speed as a "Fast & Furious" Investigation.

46 posted on 05/08/2013 7:20:02 AM PDT by Petruchio (Democrats are like Slinkies... Not good for anything, but it's fun pushing 'em down the stairs.)
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To: Red Badger

47 posted on 05/08/2013 7:21:27 AM 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: Red Badger

Lightbulb just burnt out, hogs didn’t know where the ladder was anyway.


48 posted on 05/08/2013 7:26:38 AM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

“... just don’t forget to raise the window”.

I have to ask, Swampy... is this just good advice or advice from a personal experience? LOL!!!!!


49 posted on 05/08/2013 7:38:32 AM PDT by momtothree
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To: Red Badger

Shouldn’t we try to exterminate them?


50 posted on 05/08/2013 7:39:31 AM PDT by Dudoight
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