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VIDEO: Deadly Giant Snail Found In Houston

VIDEO: Deadly Giant Snail Found In Houston

By Andrew Rafferty, Staff Writer, NBC News

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.

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I Always Felt It Was A Little Cruel To Pour Salt Over A Snail

I guess there must be a reason for snail to exist, but not these giants that can potentially do harm, especially to young kids who like to play with all kinds of bugs, etc...

Lock and Load with the

Lock and Load with the Morton, or maybe some Exotic Dead Sea.

Southern Agrarian

its a much bigger problem in miami

We have seen tons of these giant snails here.


- Grow Mushrooms at Home

This was painful to read.

The snail does not carry meningitis. Meningitis is the inflammation of the meninges, the membranes that cover the central nervous system. An organism can carry a pathogen that can cause meningitis. The way this sensational piece described it would be like saying "it can carry gingitivis." It sounds ridiculous. There a species of bacteria called Neisseria meningitis, but this was not what they were referring to. This shows that the people involved in this story didn't even bother to spend 30 seconds researching facts. Typical MSM unprofessionalism.

"The man who reads nothing at all is better educated than the man who reads nothing but newspapers." Thomas Jefferson

You might want to look up a

You might want to look up a little slice of heaven called the rat lungworm which causes menengitis and is carried by snails.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZVwJl5QbEro Non-garlic butter preparation.

Gordon Ramsay's snails - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ju7_ZORsZw

You don't have to do the carrot business with the giant ones since you're only eating the foot, but it is important to boil them first to kill off any errant cooties. Gastropods can cause menengitis if not prepped correctly.

When in doubt, ask a professional chef.

Cyril's picture

I cook snails, with butter, garlic, and parsley. Then I eat them

I cook snails at high temperature in the oven, with butter, garlic, and parsley. Then I eat them. (Except for the shells, duh)


But I'll watch out for that kind, just in case. Thanks for the tip.

"Cyril" pronounced "see real". I code stuff.


"To study and not think is a waste. To think and not study is dangerous." -- Confucius

egapele's picture

"escargot" is quite pricey if boughten in a restaurant

Kudos to you for figuring out how to do it on your own.

I Tried Escargot On A Cruise Several Years and I Loved it

Don't eat garden snails though. They are not the same..


Cyril's picture

I really have no merit.

I really have no merit.

As a french, I can see my mother cooking them as far as I can remember being old enough in my little childhood, to eat sitting at the table.

It used to be a meal of the poor long ago.

"Cyril" pronounced "see real". I code stuff.


"To study and not think is a waste. To think and not study is dangerous." -- Confucius

DJP333's picture

The key is

lots of butter!! Isn't that the key to all french cooking :)

"It’s not pessimistic, brother, because this is the blues. We are blues people. The blues aren’t pessimistic. We’re prisoners of hope but we tell the truth and the truth is dark. That’s different." ~CW

Cyril's picture

Not lots of butter.

Not lots of butter.

TONS of it.


What's weird is I'm skinny, yet I have always eaten tons of butter. And sugar. And lots of meat, too. Looks like I burn everything in no time. (That pisses some people off, but heh, I'm sorry, I can't help!)

Walking around all the time for 3+ decades and not driving may help explain it, though, granted.

"Cyril" pronounced "see real". I code stuff.


"To study and not think is a waste. To think and not study is dangerous." -- Confucius



Resist the temptation to feed the trolls.

egapele's picture

Small town upscale restaurants

sell them at a pretty high price, that I know for sure.

Your mama fed you rich. :)

"Don't go in your back yard"


"Don't blame me, I voted for Kodos!"- Homer Simpson

Gee, if I was a snail

I would always be sheltered in place... irony... lol!

Love or fear? Choose again with every breath.

egapele's picture

Me thinks you've been gone, emalvani

because yours are the posts that ALWAYS catch my eye. Nothing worth anything here lately and I have been forced to post stuff I know you would have put up.

I've missed you and am glad to see your stuff.

bigmikedude's picture

All the news' sensationalistic fear mongering and

when you click on the link, the video thumbnail is of a person holding two - one in each bare hand.

Societal Stupidity is driving me insane. I can't take it anymore.

egapele's picture

Nah, just hang with some first graders for a day

seriously, kids are the cure for apathy. :)