Giant snail menaces Houston neighborhood

A Giant African Land Snails is displayed Friday, Sept. 30, 2011 in Miami. The snails can grow to eight inches. The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has identified a population of Giant African Land Snails in Miami. They are one of the most damaging snails in the world because they consume at least 500 types of plants, can cause structural damage to plaster and stucco, and can carry a parasitic nematode that can lead to meningitis in humans. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)

May 8, 2013 12:39:17 PM PDT
If you live in Houston and you have a garden and you happen to see a giant snail and that giant snail begins oozing towards you -- run. Or walk away slowly.

Just don't touch it.

The sluggish mollusk, recently photographed in the backyard of a quiet Houston neighborhood, has been tentatively identified as a Giant African Snail and wildlife researchers say it's dangerous.

They say the snail harbors a parasite which is a form of meningitis.

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