If you can read this, either the style sheet didn't load or you have an older browser that doesn't support style sheets. Try clearing your browser cache and refreshing the page.

(Yahoo)   Everything is bigger in Australia, even the snails are the size of baseballs   (news.yahoo.com) divider line 22
    More: Scary, Australians, native Australian, extreme temperatures  
•       •       •

9877 clicks; posted to Main » on 12 Mar 2013 at 10:35 AM (1 year ago)   |  Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



Voting Results (Smartest)
View Voting Results: Smartest and Funniest


Archived thread
2013-03-12 10:33:06 AM
3 votes:
24.media.tumblr.com
2013-03-12 10:24:09 AM
3 votes:
Must have come in on an escargo ship
2013-03-12 10:54:13 AM
2 votes:

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 09:51:28 AM
2 votes:
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 12:13:10 PM
1 votes:
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 11:36:34 AM
1 votes:

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 11:32:41 AM
1 votes:

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 11:10:03 AM
1 votes:
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 11:06:50 AM
1 votes:

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 11:03:34 AM
1 votes:

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 10:58:37 AM
1 votes:

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 10:57:32 AM
1 votes:
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 10:56:05 AM
1 votes:

deanis: KILL COOK IT WITH FIRE!!!

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


FTFY
2013-03-12 10:51:44 AM
1 votes:
Awwww...Who's a good massive snail?  Who's a good massive snail?  You are!
2013-03-12 10:51:41 AM
1 votes:

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 10:44:12 AM
1 votes:
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 10:42:57 AM
1 votes:

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


We're gonna need a f*ckton of salt
2013-03-12 10:42:34 AM
1 votes:

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 10:40:16 AM
1 votes:

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 10:39:47 AM
1 votes:
It's Australia! I'm amazed there isn't something nasty and venomous that kills these things in a heartbeat.
2013-03-12 10:39:12 AM
1 votes:

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


thank you for doing what the article didnt
2013-03-12 10:38:03 AM
1 votes:
Tell Gary to go back to Bikini Bottom
 
Displayed 22 of 22 comments

View Voting Results: Smartest and Funniest


This thread is archived, and closed to new comments.

Continue Farking
Submit a Link »






Report