Giant African snail seized from traveler at Detroit airport
Several world’s largest snail It was recently spotted on the Detroit subway.
the size of a human fist, giant african snail It can grow up to 8 inches long and 5 inches wide.
US Customs and Border Protection seized six giant African snails from a Ghanaian citizen at Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW) on March 9, officials said.
Steven Bunsbach, a public relations specialist for the U.S. Customs and Border Protection in the Chicago field office, wrote in an email to the Detroit Free Press that giant African snails are banned in the United States.
“They may look harmless, but giant African snails can harbor parasites that are dangerous to humans and voraciously feed on hundreds of native plant species.” Agricultural produce can harbor plant pests and foreign animal diseases that can cause serious damage to American crops, livestock, and the environment, with associated economic consequences.”
He further added that giant African snails are often consumed and sometimes kept as pets in other countries.
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According to a news release to the Detroit Free Press, part of the USA TODAY Network, the snails were intended for consumption by tourists and were subsequently confiscated for further analysis.
Bansbach said the snails were discovered when the traveler did not reveal the contents of the package, and further investigation is needed.
“Travelers must declare all meats, fruits, vegetables, plants, seeds, soils, animals, and plant and animal products they may carry,” he wrote.
Bansbach said CBP agriculture experts often study these pests and assess their impact on U.S. agricultural resources.
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