Snails seized at Dulles Airport
During a busy Labor Day weekend at Washington Dulles International Airport, one package arriving from Ghana raised some eyebrows.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents say a traveler arriving from the West African nation tried to bring in 14 Giant African Land Snails with him. The slimy creatures were about the size of a child's fist.
The snails originally from East Africa are believed to be one of the world's worst invasive species because they can severely damage crops.
The snails can grow to be nearly 8 inches long and 4 inches tall. They are illegal in the United States.
The traveler was not penalized, but the snails were destroyed because they were considered a threat.
-- Associated Press
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