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2013-03-12 09:51:28 AM  
The animal was found creeping across a Brisbane shipping container yard and identified as a giant African snail, an East African pest capable of growing up to 30 cm (12 inches) long and one kg (2.2 lb) in weight.

That explains why it doesn't have fangs and deadly poison; it's just a visitor.
 
2013-03-12 09:56:30 AM  
That's ok, Michael Sin.  I didn't need to see a picture of said snail.
 
2013-03-12 10:00:03 AM  
Pics or it didn't happen.
 
2013-03-12 10:17:26 AM  
Butter and garlic soon to be in short short supply.
 
2013-03-12 10:24:09 AM  
Must have come in on an escargo ship
 
2013-03-12 10:25:36 AM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: Must have come in on an escargo ship


Probably in a load of snail mail.
 
2013-03-12 10:30:09 AM  

St_Francis_P: Probably in a load of snail mail.


Boooooooooo
 
2013-03-12 10:33:06 AM  
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2013-03-12 10:36:12 AM  

kimwim: [24.media.tumblr.com image 850x637]


They look chewy.
 
2013-03-12 10:37:09 AM  

kimwim: [24.media.tumblr.com image 850x637]


Kill it with fire!
 
2013-03-12 10:38:03 AM  
Tell Gary to go back to Bikini Bottom
 
2013-03-12 10:39:12 AM  

kimwim: [24.media.tumblr.com image 850x637]


thank you for doing what the article didnt
 
2013-03-12 10:39:47 AM  
It's Australia! I'm amazed there isn't something nasty and venomous that kills these things in a heartbeat.
 
2013-03-12 10:40:16 AM  

cgraves67: It's Australia! I'm amazed there isn't something nasty and venomous that kills these things in a heartbeat.


Give it time. Nature will find a way
 
2013-03-12 10:41:37 AM  
Now, that's a bug you could have for dinner. Put it right next to the lobster and crab on my plate.
 
2013-03-12 10:42:34 AM  

2wolves: Butter and garlic soon to be in short short supply.


That's what I was thinking too, until I read "It also carries parasites that can infect humans with the disease meningitis, which can in some cases be fatal. ".  Then I was just thinking killing it with fire would be good.
 
2013-03-12 10:42:57 AM  
I've been living overseas a couple of years now, but I don't remember baseballs being 12". Apparently even baseballs are bi
 
2013-03-12 10:42:57 AM  

kimwim: [24.media.tumblr.com image 850x637]


We're gonna need a f*ckton of salt
 
2013-03-12 10:43:33 AM  

cgraves67: It's Australia! I'm amazed there isn't something nasty and venomous that kills these things in a heartbeat.


Looks like someone hasn't heard of the giant australian death hornet.
 
2013-03-12 10:43:38 AM  
I've been living overseas a couple of years now, but I don't remember baseballs being 12". Apparently even baseballs are bigger in Australia!
 
2013-03-12 10:44:12 AM  
they killed 40,000 elephants because they thought they destroyed the environment. Later on they realized the environment required the elephants to trample the grass and defecate the seeds and urinate to nourish the grass and soil.
http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=this-man-shot-40000 -e lephants-befor-2013-03
Just because something kills some plants doesn't mean it's not doing something beneficial.
 
2013-03-12 10:44:34 AM  

twomutts: I've been living overseas a couple of years now, but I don't remember baseballs being 12". Apparently even baseballs are bigger in Australia!


This makes more sense since I was thinking 'bi baseballs?'
 
2013-03-12 10:44:47 AM  
Maybe we can genetically alter them to eat cane toads. What could possibly go wrong?
 
2013-03-12 10:45:27 AM  

kimwim:


Sweet merciful crap those things can get nasty big! Creepy bastards.
 
2013-03-12 10:48:55 AM  
Everything is bigger in Australia

Well now there's a phrase you don't hear every day.
 
2013-03-12 10:49:26 AM  
KILL IT WITH FIRE!!!

imamook.files.wordpress.com
 
2013-03-12 10:51:02 AM  

kimwim: [24.media.tumblr.com image 850x637]


Thanks kimwin,  normally I love a news story about something with a visual descriptor but no actual pictures, but hey, it's Tuesday.
 
2013-03-12 10:51:41 AM  

2wolves: Butter and garlic soon to be in short short supply.


Which raises a question...are these type of snail even edible?  If so, they wouldn't be a pest for long.
 
2013-03-12 10:51:44 AM  
Awwww...Who's a good massive snail?  Who's a good massive snail?  You are!
 
2013-03-12 10:53:41 AM  
How long before these wind up in Japanese porn?
 
2013-03-12 10:54:13 AM  

The Irresponsible Captain: Now, that's a bug you could have for dinner. Put it right next to the lobster and crab on my plate.


It's not a bug.  It's a mollusk, more like a clam.  (Lobsters, though, are pretty close to bugs.)
They probably could be delicious with some butter, though.
 
2013-03-12 10:54:30 AM  

MCStymie: Awwww...Who's a good massive snail?  Who's a good massive snail?  You are!


Who wants a belly foot rub?
 
2013-03-12 10:54:34 AM  
escargot-biggie for only 69 cents more!
 
2013-03-12 10:56:05 AM  

deanis: KILL COOK IT WITH FIRE!!!

[imamook.files.wordpress.com image 700x464]


FTFY
 
2013-03-12 10:57:32 AM  
My sister who lives in Australia swore to me she once saw a Hustman sprinting across her kitchen floor on it's 2 FARKING legs after it got startled!!!
I'm not too fearful of spiders but I would freak out if I ever see a giant spider running in front of me like it's bipedal!


/CSB
 
2013-03-12 10:58:37 AM  

durbnpoisn: The Irresponsible Captain: Now, that's a bug you could have for dinner. Put it right next to the lobster and crab on my plate.

It's not a bug.  It's a mollusk, more like a clam.  (Lobsters, though, are pretty close to bugs.)
They probably could be delicious with some butter, though.


Not to mention my cousin
 
2013-03-12 11:00:33 AM  
Everything is bigger in Australia, even the snails are the size of baseballs

Strangely, however, Australian baseballs are quite small, and are similar to table tennis balls.
 
2013-03-12 11:03:34 AM  

stirfrybry: they killed 40,000 elephants because they thought they destroyed the environment. Later on they realized the environment required the elephants to trample the grass and defecate the seeds and urinate to nourish the grass and soil.
http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=this-man-shot-40000 -e lephants-befor-2013-03
Just because something kills some plants doesn't mean it's not doing something beneficial.


The elephants belonged there. These snails aren't from Austria. This one was an escapee from a shipping container. It's an exotic, and they're hoping there aren't anymore showing up.
 
2013-03-12 11:06:50 AM  

stirfrybry: they killed 40,000 elephants because they thought they destroyed the environment. Later on they realized the environment required the elephants to trample the grass and defecate the seeds and urinate to nourish the grass and soil.
http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=this-man-shot-40000 -e lephants-befor-2013-03
Just because something kills some plants doesn't mean it's not doing something beneficial.


Thank you for not understanding this thread and posting irrelevant material.
 
2013-03-12 11:07:18 AM  
Throw 'em on the barbie, mate!
 
2013-03-12 11:07:31 AM  
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2013-03-12 11:10:03 AM  
an East African pest capable of growing up to 30 cm (12 inches) long and one kg (2.2 lb) in weight

I'm not surprised by the size but I thought those African guys were showers not growers.
 
2013-03-12 11:16:52 AM  
stuffpoint.com
 
2013-03-12 11:17:19 AM  

Old Gnarled Oak: How long before these wind up in Japanese porn?


Too late, I'm sure it's been done.
 
2013-03-12 11:17:25 AM  

Farce-Side: [encrypted-tbn2.gstatic.com image 296x170]


This Australian snail is retarded. It doesn't even beat box or swing swords around.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uqY5xR2SJOc
 
2013-03-12 11:20:22 AM  

deanis: KILL IT WITH FIRE!!!

[imamook.files.wordpress.com image 700x464]


They do look like good tucker.
 
2013-03-12 11:21:37 AM  

Ambivalence: Pics or it didn't happen.


No shiat.  Why wouldn't you include pics in the article??
 
2013-03-12 11:24:36 AM  

kimwim:


I was there when that pic was taken. The hand belongs to my old boss at the WVDA.

Snails confiscated from a flea market.

True story, bro.
 
2013-03-12 11:27:46 AM  

Farce-Side: encrypted-tbn2.gstatic.com


That's a slug...
 
2013-03-12 11:29:17 AM  
s1.postimage.org
 
2013-03-12 11:32:41 AM  

a_room_with_a_moose: kimwim:

I was there when that pic was taken. The hand belongs to my old boss at the WVDA.

Snails confiscated from a flea market.

True story, bro.


What happened to them afterwards?
 
2013-03-12 11:36:34 AM  

kimwim: a_room_with_a_moose: kimwim:

I was there when that pic was taken. The hand belongs to my old boss at the WVDA.

Snails confiscated from a flea market.

True story, bro.

What happened to them afterwards?


They are in my office in a jar of formalin.
 
2013-03-12 11:42:51 AM  

SuperNinjaToad: My sister who lives in Australia swore to me she once saw a Hustman sprinting across her kitchen floor on it's 2 FARKING legs after it got startled!!!
I'm not too fearful of spiders but I would freak out if I ever see a giant spider running in front of me like it's bipedal!


/CSB


That alone would be enough for me to nope right out of the country.
 
2013-03-12 11:45:54 AM  
Are these snails also too fast to catch?
 
2013-03-12 11:47:32 AM  

deanis: KILL IT WITH FIRE SALT!!!


FTFY
 
2013-03-12 11:55:47 AM  

Honest Bender: Farce-Side: encrypted-tbn2.gstatic.com

That's a slug...


Well, that explains why he can't pick up any snail chicks.
 
2013-03-12 11:59:15 AM  

hundreddollarman: deanis: KILL IT WITH FIRE SALT SODIUM!!!



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2013-03-12 11:59:15 AM  

Farce-Side: Honest Bender: Farce-Side: encrypted-tbn2.gstatic.com

That's a slug...

Well, that explains why he can't pick up any snail chicks.


He needs to find the snail chicks who are ready to come out of their shell.
 
2013-03-12 12:06:27 PM  

texdent: kimwim: [24.media.tumblr.com image 850x637]

Kill it with fire!


And douse it with butter and garlic just to be sure ...
 
2013-03-12 12:09:35 PM  
 
2013-03-12 12:12:43 PM  

texdent: twomutts: I've been living overseas a couple of years now, but I don't remember baseballs being 12". Apparently even baseballs are bigger in Australia!

This makes more sense since I was thinking 'bi baseballs?'


And that's why you should never try to post anything when using a crappy phone while on a very bumpy bus!
 
2013-03-12 12:13:10 PM  
The buggers showed up in Florida awhile back.

(Naturally. If it's invasive, imported and dangerous, it will show up in Florida.)

They caused a lot of concern, and then there's this point of view (Link) which might help explain why we have an infestation of huge snakes.

There's a lot of greenery in Florida and it's sub tropical. A large chunk of that greenery consists of crops. The snail is voracious.

If you follow the opinion of the above link and raise it for food, some are bound to escape and raise hell. Besides, experience shows that doing so is not the best idea.

In some states, local ponds were wiped out by fishermen dumping left over live bait in them. (Crawfish.) The Crawfish multiplied and wiped out the food sources for the fish. Someone decided to eat them. It became a prolific industry. Money was made.
Now, no one cares about restoring the ponds. They just want them full of Crayfish to sell.

The same with gators in Florida. We farm them, returning X number to the wild. They're protected from hunters. Only farmed gators may be sold for consumption. Business is good -- and now gators show up in every mud puddle across the state becoming more of a pest than ever before.

The gator farms actively work to keep the gators on the protected list, which serves their interest. So, if you have a taste for gator, you can't walk down to the nearest ditch and shoot one. That will get you put in jail. However, you may buy farmed gator meat.

Imagine the fun if someone were to manage to develop a market for the Giant Snail. It'd probably be illegal to kill them if they're in your yard. (Like with gators.) You'd have to call a company to come and get them -- at a profit to the company.

PLEASE don't come down to Florida.
 
2013-03-12 12:17:46 PM  
article has no pics.  bad, bad subby.
 
2013-03-12 12:58:58 PM  
They're not so big...

media.liveauctiongroup.net
 
2013-03-12 01:16:51 PM  

Honest Bender: Farce-Side: encrypted-tbn2.gstatic.com

That's a slug...


darylilbury.files.wordpress.com

/"Does it talk?"
 
2013-03-12 01:22:27 PM  
sic the French on it
 
2013-03-12 01:25:28 PM  

durbnpoisn: The Irresponsible Captain: Now, that's a bug you could have for dinner. Put it right next to the lobster and crab on my plate.

It's not a bug.  It's a mollusk, more like a clam.  (Lobsters, though, are pretty close to bugs.)
They probably could be delicious with some butter, though.


I see that's been taken care of.

Now, a GIS show:
Worst. Glove. Ever.                                                                                         Wait, you did what to Frank?!?!?!
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2013-03-12 01:36:15 PM  
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2013-03-12 01:41:10 PM  
dreampunk.me
A racing snail never would've got caught.
 
2013-03-12 01:46:35 PM  
When writing an article about snails the size of baseballs, it would help to include a picture of a snail the size of a baseball, perhaps posed next to a baseball, for reference.
Just sayin' Mr.Suckblog "journalist"
 
2013-03-12 02:11:03 PM  

Rik01: if someone were to manage to develop a market for the Giant Snail.


Never been to a French restaurant?
 
2013-03-12 03:04:16 PM  
You'd sure have fun stomping on THOSE after a rain!
 
2013-03-12 03:43:42 PM  

texdent: cgraves67: It's Australia! I'm amazed there isn't something nasty and venomous that kills these things in a heartbeat.


Yep. Queensland farmers.
 
2013-03-12 03:54:56 PM  

Garko: hundreddollarman: deanis: KILL IT WITH FIRE SALT SODIUM!!!


[24.media.tumblr.com image 693x477]


I just watched this, pretty good episode.
 
2013-03-12 04:11:33 PM  
Whatever, I've got a 40 lb bag of salt.
 
2013-03-12 04:39:22 PM  
Have some French people go there and eat them.
 
2013-03-12 05:06:21 PM  

Oldiron_79: Whatever, I've got a 40 lb bag of salt.


Is that right next to the 40lb box of rape?
 
2013-03-12 05:29:34 PM  

FedExPope: Oldiron_79: Whatever, I've got a 40 lb bag of salt.

Is that right next to the 40lb box of rape?


You wanna open it
 
2013-03-12 06:24:44 PM  

Evil Mackerel: Maybe we can genetically alter them to eat cane toads. What could possibly go wrong?


Funny, I was thinking maybe the cane toads would eat the snails.

/And then die of parasites.
//A girl can dream.
 
2013-03-12 09:16:45 PM  
Reminds me of my ex-wife.
 
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