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Giant African Snails, once eradicated from US., From suitcase at Georgia airport



Customs and Border Protection agents in Georgia seized two Giant African Snails.

Candie and Chipper, two members of the "Beagle Brigade

MALAYSIA AUTHORITIES SEIZE 5,255 TINY TURTLES AND, on the occasion of their arrival at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, CBP's Agricultural Specialists are coming to an individual's bag DRUGS AT KUALA LUMPUR AIRPORT

Candie and Chipper, two members of the "Beagle Brigade, "Candid and Chipper, two members of the" Beagle Brigade, "sniffed out the contraband found in one traveler's bag. “/>

e traveler's bag.
       (US Customs and Border Protection)

The Giant African Snail. in Florida in the 1

960's and took approximately 10 years and $ 1 million to eradicate it, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDOA). It was later reintroduced into Florida and Hawaii in 2011.

The snail, which can grow up to eight inches long, is considered one of the most damaging snails in the world

It may also be harmful to humans because it carries a parasitic nematode which can cause meningitis. According to the USDOA, Giant African Snails are difficult to eradicate because they reproduce quickly, producing around 1,200 eggs in one year.

 The snail, which can grow up to eight inches long, is considered one of the most damaging snails in The different types of plants and can cause structural damage to stucco and plaster buildings.

The snail, which can grow up to eight inches long, is considered to be one of the most damaging snails in the world.
       (US Customs and Border Protection)

"CBP is on the frontline 24/7," said Lee Deloatch's Atlanta CBP Acting Area's Port Director said in a press release .

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"The Beacons Sniffing Out These Snails Highlights How Valuable Our Canine Members Are to Protect the US"

The snakes were turned over to the USDOA for further evaluation and the prohibited food was destroyed.

The traveler was not fined or charged in the incident. It was not clear if the snails were intentionally brought in to the U.S.. or they manage to find their own way into the suitcase.


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