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Snail Alert

By: Paige Pearson
By: Paige Pearson

The Giant African Land Snail is possibly the most damaging land snail in the world, and one of the snails found a home in a Putnam Heights Elementary classroom.

The Giant African Land Snail looks like a friendly pet, and teachers say it’s an interesting animal to study due to its large size, but in actuality it's an illegal pest.

The snails secrete a mucus that can carry a parasite which could turn into meningitis.

The Kindergarten teacher at Putnam Heights says she knew nothing about the snail's potential negative health effects.

As for the snail, it will be removed from the classroom and disposed of.

Meantime, the Eau Claire School District released memos to staff at each school this afternoon and sent out letters to parents explaining the hazards of Giant African Land Snails.


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