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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

By Washington Post Editors  |  September 9, 2010; 12:00 PM ET
Categories:  Animal Stories , Loudoun  
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Wasn't someone caught last year at Dulles with a dead monkey from Africa?

What are these people thinking?

Posted by: TooManyPeople | September 9, 2010 12:58 PM | Report abuse

I can just picture these Custom Agents running after the snails yelling, "Stop!" Glad to see America kept safe.

Posted by: CubsFan | September 9, 2010 2:15 PM | Report abuse

You mean you don't travel with your snails or dead monkey also? I'm shocked...

Posted by: BigDaddy651 | September 9, 2010 2:48 PM | Report abuse

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