GIANT SNAILS!! GIANT KILLER SNAILS Have Invaded Texas & Targeted Gullible Children!!

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You wouldn't pick up a Lissachatina fulica, but your kid might.
Beautiful spring weather, it's not hurricane season yet, nothing to worry about outside except the occasional mosquito, giant deadly snail and annoying neighbor kid.

What-whut? Giant deadly snail?

Yep -- if various sightings around town are to be believed, the Giant African Land Snail (Lissachatina fulica) has made its way to Texas. (Fox News, go ahead and insert your joke about it being an undocumented alien right about here.)

No one knows how it got here. The snail can reach up to eight inches in length and nearly five inches in diameter -- in other words, a size no one in their right mind would ever touch. So when your kid runs into the kitchen holding it in his hands, you've got trouble.

From the world-renowned expert on Giant African Snails, Mr, Wiki:

In the wild, this species often harbors the parasitic nematode Angiostrongylus cantonensis, which can cause a very serious meningitis in humans. Human cases of this meningitis usually result from a person having eaten the raw or undercooked snail, but even handling live wild snails of this species can infect a person with the nematode and cause a life-threatening infection.

So don't touch those suckers.

The snails also wreak havoc -- havoc, we say! -- on plants and wildlife.

"Damages native plants and crops," says TexasInvasives.org. "Scientists consider the giant African snail, Achatina fulica, to be one of the most damaging snails in the world. It is known to eat at least 500 different types of plants."

That group says the snail might have been imported as early as 1966 "as pets and for educational purposes," or it may have snuck aboard a cargo ship.

One ray of hope: A federal investigator tells KPRC that "a common Texas snail can be mistaken for the giant African snail."

That's right! Our common snails are as big as Africa's giant snails!! Damn straight.

If you think you've seen one of the African snails, call Institute for the Study of Invasive Species at 936-294-3788 or contact TexasInvasives.org through their Web site.

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29 comments
Melissa Drescher-Skaer
Melissa Drescher-Skaer

Because the news loves to scare people. It's much more interesting than saying- "Hey! We found a common snail!"

Mick Haven
Mick Haven

Could ya'll please update the article to show the response from Texas Parks and Wildlife? Let's not scare anymore people.

Tanya Sue
Tanya Sue

Joanne if its not true then why is it on the news and news papers and they give a number to call if you see any.... to watch your children so they dont play with them....well

Snaileater
Snaileater

Fry 'em up and add hot sauce, may the best escargot win.

Snaileater
Snaileater

Fry it up and add hot sauce, the best tastin' escargot wins. 

Robin Varner
Robin Varner

geez I hate slugs and snails, I do not want to run into one of these suckers

Descent Into Madness
Descent Into Madness

Share your escargot recipes.I like mine with olive oil and romano and fresh basil.

Michael Lee
Michael Lee

Oh no! Run for your lives! Please pass the salt.

wheresthedignity
wheresthedignity

The comment about Fox news didn't add anything to the article. Why do you have to be a douche and insert politics into everything?

wheresthedignity
wheresthedignity

The comment about Fox news didn't add anything to the article. Why do you have to be a douche and insert politics into everything?

Bob Padilla
Bob Padilla

Golf Club time! Fun family entertainment.

Kace Layton
Kace Layton

Can we ride 'em, like in 'The Never-Ending Story'?

Matt Marquis
Matt Marquis

We've africanized killer bees, and now africanized killer snails!!! We need more guns to protect ourselves. What happens when we get Africanized Grackles? or armadillos? or horny toads? or Longhorn cows? Is Texas turning into Australia where near anything and everything will kill you?

melton
melton

@wheresthedignity  ...maybe because Fox News is not a legitimate news source but just the propaganda arm of the Republican party, which is the party of proud xenophobes. So, yeah, it's a jibe but hardly unwarranted given Fox shameless record.

jacobingersol
jacobingersol

And the Houston press is a propaganda arm of the liberal retards. Along with all the "main stream media" it was a douche bag comment and I'm sure you identify with well with douche baggery melton.

jacobingersol
jacobingersol

Have been for while, still have my own brain ;-)

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