Two picnic baskets packed with 67 live giant African snails were seized by federal authorities at Los Angeles International Airport, authorities said Monday.
The snails, which weighed a total of more than 35 pounds and reportedly were intended for human consumption, was apparently the largest seizure at LAX of the mollusks, which are sometimes fried and served as a snack.
The snails were discovered July 1 in two picnic baskets, which weighed more than 35 pounds, said Lee Harty of U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
The snails arrived from Lagos, Nigeria, and were headed to San Dimas, she said.
According to Wikipedia, these snails (formally known as the Achatina achatina) are often kept as pets by Westerners and are “routinely confiscated by quarantine authorities at US airports − especially Baltimore, Dulles, JFKIA, and San Francisco.” These giant snails are considered an invasive species and can wreak havoc on non-native ecosystems.… Read the rest