My city is being assaulted by massive mutant hyperspeed snails! HELP.
A giant African land snail was discovered in the backyard of a Houston home and now researchers are sending out a warning.
"Unfortunately, humans are picking the snails up," said Dr. Autumn J. Smith-Herron, the director of the Institute for the Study of Invasive Species at Sam Houston State University. "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. Humans should not come in contact with the snail and need to wash their hands thoroughly if they do.
In case you didn't read all of that, here are the pertinent words: parasitic, rat lungworm, meningitis, DEATH. Also this:
They reproduce rapidly and can lay 1,200 eggs a year. It's likely there are more where the one on Twin Circle Drive came from, but that snail got away before anyone was able to capture it.
1200 EGGS. THE SNAIL GOT AWAY BEFORE ANYONE COULD CAPTURE IT. Someone please send the world's biggest salt shaker.