“Please. My rabbit. He’s very sick,” this Twitter user wrote. Except it wasn’t a rabbit.
You just never know what you’ll see online these days.
A Denver-based Twitter user shared a hilarious photo on Twitter on July 23, and it’s since been retweeted over 44,000 times.
“Please. My rabbit. He’s very sick,” she wrote.
Except the photo she included with her post wasn’t a rabbit. It was a giant African land snail.
Are you freaked out yet? Are you a little nervous to go to sleep tonight, scared you’ll have nightmares about gigantic snails? If so, you may want to stop reading now. If not, proceed at your own risk.
Here, take a look at the tweet:
Originally native to Africa, they’re now found all over the world, especially in hot and humid environments.
Interestingly, the snails are actually banned in the U.S., as they’re considered a “serious pest.” According to the United States Department of Agriculture website, giant African land snails first came to the U.S. back in the 1960s, when a south Florida boy smuggled in three snails after a trip to Hawaii. Within seven years, there were more than 18,000 snails in Florida. Hence the pest problem—these snails multiply like crazy!
The giant snails also carry the salmonella bacteria, which shouldn’t be a problem for most people. Back in 2010, an African immigrant was arrested for importing the snails to be used, he claimed, in a religious ceremony that involved practitioners consuming uncooked mucus from the snails. In this case, salmonella poisoning would be a risk.
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