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Deadly Giant Snail Found in Houston

Health & Wellness  (tags: humans, protection, habitat, environment, safety, prevention, healthcare, children, warning )

- 922 days ago -
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...

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Teresa W. (767)
Sunday May 19, 2013, 6:07 am

Pat B. (356)
Sunday May 19, 2013, 6:41 am
YIKES.!! I live up by Austin, TX., so I'll be on the lookout for these big guys. Do you think they were somebody's pet or something, and then released, or did they wash ashore? Texas A&M is up the road, so I'd call them for advice on what to do. Thanks, Evelyn for the 'heads up' on this one.

Sue Matheson (79)
Sunday May 19, 2013, 6:54 am

Isa Villanen (44)
Sunday May 19, 2013, 8:44 am
They have arrived with some plants as eggs. The only way to kill snails safely is to drop them in a bucket of salte4d water, and be generous with the salt. This species must not let get lose, it will be detrimental to the environment and it will eat its ingenious counterparts in a flash. This is a red alert, if any.
Thanks, Evelyn, we have here in Finland a corresponding monste that arrived from Spain, and it is being hunted relentlessly to stop it from spreading into the wild.

Sue H. (6)
Sunday May 19, 2013, 8:47 am
Holy you know what!

Ingrid A. (532)
Sunday May 19, 2013, 9:00 am
Very scary.

Lucy S. (25)
Sunday May 19, 2013, 3:14 pm
They are huge!

Natasha Salgado (672)
Sunday May 19, 2013, 8:26 pm
SpOoOOoOooky! I think the french will def have interest in this gigantic snail..thx

Deb L. (3)
Monday May 20, 2013, 2:30 am
GROSSSS!!!!!! Unless you are a snail foodie, then I guess it's YUMMM!

Jo S. (606)
Monday May 20, 2013, 11:30 am
OMG how disgusting. We really should be much more cautious when we inspect our impoted items, especially foods and botanicals. These are really dangerous things. It also calls to mind people sneaking in dangerous fish and wildlife as pets only to abandon them once they realize what a foolish mistake they made. Unfortunately these thing breed and become indigenous to their new habiat and wreak havoc on everyone and thing they come in contact with. Some very deadly such as these.
Thanks Evelyn.
Noted & shared.

Lindsay Kemp (1)
Tuesday May 21, 2013, 1:33 am
I can assure you, I would never be inclined to pick one of these up!

Angelene B. (148)
Tuesday May 21, 2013, 7:19 am

John De Avalon (36)
Tuesday May 21, 2013, 9:57 am
A lot of derogatory comments...sad. I think they're beautiful and amazing.

They belong in Africa, not Houston. The fact that they're in Houston isn't their fault, nor is it justification to massacre them which I suspect and fear is ultimately going to be the likely outcome of all this...

John De Avalon (36)
Tuesday May 21, 2013, 9:59 am
All life is sacred!

And everything is worthy of kindness, both those who are cute and cuddly and those who are slimey and (perceived by some to be) less aesthetically pleasing to the eye.
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