Run Jog Walk Stroll away from those giant snails in Texas
posted at 7:59 am on May 8, 2013 by Ed Morrissey
As monsters go, giant snails are on par with zombies — if you can walk, you can escape, right? Unlike zombies, however, giant snails are real — and they’re in Houston for some reason at the moment. Also unlike zombies, giant snails pose a real threat, carrying meningitis and a parasitic disease:
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.
In other words, don’t pick them up and take pictures with them … like the people seen in the video. Call animal control instead, and perhaps zombie control just to be safe.
It’s too bad that legendary stop-motion animator Ray Harryhausen passed away yesterday at 92 years of age. He would have made an awesome Giant Zombie Snail flick.