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Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 09/ 9/2010

Giant snails seized at Dulles Airport

By Washington Post editors

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(photo courtesy of U.S. Customs and Border protection)

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. Each of the slimy creatures was 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. Agriculture officials believe they may have been brought to the U.S. to be eaten.

The traveler was not penalized, but the snails were destroyed because they were considered a threat.

-- Associated Press

Last week, airport officials in Bangkok seized a tiger cub hidden in a female traveler's luggage. It was packed next to a stuffed toy tiger. The woman was arrested.

By Washington Post editors  | September 9, 2010; 12:00 PM ET
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Comments

omg greenpeace better get on this juicy story

Posted by: Bigfoot_has_a_posse | September 9, 2010 12:59 PM | Report abuse

Why wasn't the traveler penalized?

Posted by: RepealObamacareNow | September 9, 2010 1:07 PM | Report abuse

Big snails, as big as adult man's fist, are delicacies in the Philippines. They are not destructive to crops because they exist in fresh water streams and ricefields.

Posted by: ricgml1 | September 9, 2010 1:49 PM | Report abuse

Darned right. Why wasn't the travelor penalized?

Posted by: tallyhohohoho | September 9, 2010 2:11 PM | Report abuse

They brought them, why? To eat? Eeeew!

Posted by: sandnsmith | September 9, 2010 2:19 PM | Report abuse

Yet another reason not to live in an area that has become majority immigrant.

Posted by: streetnoise | September 9, 2010 2:22 PM | Report abuse

Yet another reason not to live in an area that has become majority immigrant.

Posted by: streetnoise | September 9, 2010 2:23 PM | Report abuse

mmmmmppphhh snails. I didn't know that they were a delicacy in the Philippines. Trust me, there was no way those snails were going to escape to the wild. They were going straight to the frying pan as soon as his got home. I will gladly destroy the evidence for them free of charge.

Posted by: Penseur | September 9, 2010 2:25 PM | Report abuse

mmmmmppphhh snails. I didn't know that they were a delicacy in the Philippines. Trust me, there was no way those snails were going to escape to the wild. They were going straight to the frying pan as soon as his got home. I will gladly destroy the evidence for them free of charge.

Posted by: Penseur | September 9, 2010 2:26 PM | Report abuse

Yet another reason not to live in an area that has become majority immigrant.

Posted by: streetnoise | September 9, 2010 2:23 PM

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Let me guess, white people have never introduced an invasive species to North America. Keep thinking that while you pull up dandelions from your yard, or the next time you see a brown rat scurry by.

Posted by: GP04 | September 9, 2010 2:56 PM | Report abuse

They killed them?!!!!!!! How could they? They could have sent the innocent creatures back home somehow. They killed them!!!!

Posted by: forgetthis | September 9, 2010 3:07 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: GP04
"Let me guess, white people have never introduced an invasive species to North America. Keep thinking that while you pull up dandelions from your yard, or the next time you see a brown rat scurry by."

White people were the invasive species in America.


Posted by: knjincvc | September 9, 2010 3:12 PM | Report abuse

If the traveler was from Ghana he likely had a good explanation that he didn't know of the problem. He may even have declared them. If he's not trying to smuggle them and not likely to repeat the action, CBP presumably determined a fine is warranted.

Same thing if you bring back a piece of fruit or cheese from Paris.

Posted by: ah___ | September 9, 2010 3:52 PM | Report abuse

These snails are a delicacy in Ghana. You can buy them smoked in the marketplace and they're not bad (I'm a former Ghana Peace Corps volunteer).

But, I sure wouldn't want these to get loose in the states. My garden wouldn't stand a chance against these giants!

Posted by: Beagle1 | September 9, 2010 3:53 PM | Report abuse

Those 14 snails were NOT going straight into the frying pan. Two of them, Barbie and Ken Giantsnail, were going to be given a reprieve so they could create some giant snailets.

Posted by: HookedOnThePost | September 9, 2010 4:08 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Bigfoot_has_a_posse

omg greenpeace better get on this juicy story

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My Reply:

I'm pretty sure Greenpeace will understand destroying an invasive species in order to maintain biodiversity.

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Posted by: forgetthis

They killed them?!!!!!!! How could they? They could have sent the innocent creatures back home somehow. They killed them!!!!

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My reply:

They aren't exactly endangered... killing 14 isn't going to affect the population much. Plus, it's much cheaper to destroy them than to send them back to where they can reproduce and possibly be brought to another area where they are invasive, which is pretty much everywhere that isn't Kenya and Tanzania.

Posted by: thornwalker1 | September 9, 2010 4:31 PM | Report abuse

Obama should have pardoned them and let them live in the White House garden.

Posted by: jiji1 | September 9, 2010 4:49 PM | Report abuse

Obama should have pardoned them and let them live in the White House garden.

Posted by: jiji1 | September 9, 2010 4:50 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: jiji1

Obama should have pardoned them and let them live in the White House garden.

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These snails are herbivores... and hungry ones at that. This is a terrible idea.

Posted by: thornwalker1 | September 9, 2010 4:53 PM | Report abuse

Yet another reason not to live in an area that has become majority immigrant.

Posted by: streetnoise
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What would be your other reasons, they have a differant skin color or speak another language? Each culture has its own delicacies. I am sure others would freak out at lobster or cavier, etc.

Posted by: cadam72 | September 9, 2010 5:19 PM | Report abuse

The French have eaten escargots (snails) forever. La Chaumiere(in Georgetown) has fabulous escargots. I've eaten tem, in garlic and butter sauce. Anybody want to talk about immigrants now?? I didn't know Washingtonians could be so freakin ignorant....

Posted by: arlingtonian6 | September 9, 2010 10:17 PM | Report abuse

Arlingtonian6 has proven a vary valid point. Escargot is a very expensive French gourmet food. There are several species of snails that are eaten in the Philippines. Abalone may be a sea-water relative of fresh water snails and it is eaten in the US. Of course, there is a nail specie from Japan that causes schistosomiasis, a very dangerous and deadly disease.

Posted by: ricgml1 | September 10, 2010 1:24 AM | Report abuse

I only saw one or two comments that screamed intelligence (thank you arlingtonian6- escargot is heavenly). For a few others- knjincvc,GP04, streetnoise- do society a favor and keep your uneducated/ unintelligent mouths shut. All three of you are unquestionably bigots- something not defined by the color of your skin (ahem knjincvc and GP04 especially). You are true embarrassments.

TSA stops hundreds of such incidences from all over the world. The threat isn't to humans, but the ecological systems that many now realize need to be protected. This was a good call on the part of TSA. It would not have been an issue if the snails had been brought in already smoked, but sadly they were alive and could have posed an ecological threat. Get over it.

Everyone who enters the US goes through customs; every traveler is told repeatedly what they can/can not bring in. People just choose to be complete dumbasses about it and choose to ignore the laws. My only issue, the traveler should have been forced to pay a nice fine that would force him to remember to leave his favorite delicacies behind until his next trip back to Ghana.

Posted by: devilsadvocate3 | September 10, 2010 8:46 AM | Report abuse

I only saw one or two comments that screamed intelligence (thank you arlingtonian6- escargot is heavenly). For a few others- knjincvc,GP04, streetnoise- do society a favor and keep your uneducated/ unintelligent mouths shut. All three of you are unquestionably bigots- something not defined by the color of your skin (ahem knjincvc and GP04 especially). You are true embarrassments.

TSA stops hundreds of such incidences from all over the world. The threat isn't to humans, but the ecological systems that many now realize need to be protected. This was a good call on the part of TSA. It would not have been an issue if the snails had been brought in already smoked, but sadly they were alive and could have posed an ecological threat. Get over it.

Everyone who enters the US goes through customs; every traveler is told repeatedly what they can/can not bring in. People just choose to be complete dumbasses about it and choose to ignore the laws. My only issue, the traveler should have been forced to pay a nice fine that would force him to remember to leave his favorite delicacies behind until his next trip back to Ghana.

Posted by: devilsadvocate3 | September 10, 2010 8:47 AM | Report abuse

I only saw one or two comments that screamed intelligence (thank you arlingtonian6- escargot is heavenly). For a few others- knjincvc,GP04, streetnoise- do society a favor and keep your uneducated/ unintelligent mouths shut. All three of you are unquestionably bigots- something not defined by the color of your skin (ahem knjincvc and GP04 especially). You are true embarrassments.

TSA stops hundreds of such incidences from all over the world. The threat isn't to humans, but the ecological systems that many now realize need to be protected. This was a good call on the part of TSA. It would not have been an issue if the snails had been brought in already smoked, but sadly they were alive and could have posed an ecological threat. Get over it.

Everyone who enters the US goes through customs; every traveler is told repeatedly what they can/can not bring in. People just choose to be complete dumbasses about it and choose to ignore the laws. My only issue, the traveler should have been forced to pay a nice fine that would force him to remember to leave his favorite delicacies behind until his next trip back to Ghana.

Posted by: devilsadvocate3 | September 10, 2010 8:49 AM | Report abuse

I only saw one or two comments that screamed intelligence (thank you arlingtonian6- escargot is heavenly). For a few others- knjincvc,GP04, streetnoise- do society a favor and keep your uneducated/ unintelligent mouths shut. All three of you are unquestionably bigots- something not defined by the color of your skin (ahem knjincvc and GP04 especially). You are true embarrassments.

TSA stops hundreds of such incidences from all over the world. The threat isn't to humans, but the ecological systems that many now realize need to be protected. This was a good call on the part of TSA. It would not have been an issue if the snails had been brought in already smoked, but sadly they were alive and could have posed an ecological threat. Get over it.

Everyone who enters the US goes through customs; every traveler is told repeatedly what they can/can not bring in. People just choose to be complete dumbasses about it and choose to ignore the laws. My only issue, the traveler should have been forced to pay a nice fine that would force him to remember to leave his favorite delicacies behind until his next trip back to Ghana.

Posted by: devilsadvocate3 | September 10, 2010 8:50 AM | Report abuse

I only saw one or two comments that screamed intelligence (thank you arlingtonian6- escargot is heavenly). For a few others- knjincvc,GP04, streetnoise- do society a favor and keep your uneducated/ unintelligent mouths shut. All three of you are unquestionably bigots- something not defined by the color of your skin (ahem knjincvc and GP04 especially). You are true embarrassments.

TSA stops hundreds of such incidences from all over the world. The threat isn't to humans, but the ecological systems that many now realize need to be protected. This was a good call on the part of TSA. It would not have been an issue if the snails had been brought in already smoked, but sadly they were alive and could have posed an ecological threat. Get over it.

Everyone who enters the US goes through customs; every traveler is told repeatedly what they can/can not bring in. People just choose to be complete dumbasses about it and choose to ignore the laws. My only issue, the traveler should have been forced to pay a nice fine that would force him to remember to leave his favorite delicacies behind until his next trip back to Ghana.

Posted by: devilsadvocate3 | September 10, 2010 8:50 AM | Report abuse

I only saw one or two comments that screamed intelligence (thank you arlingtonian6- escargot is heavenly). For a few others- knjincvc,GP04, streetnoise- do society a favor and keep your uneducated/ unintelligent mouths shut. All three of you are unquestionably bigots- something not defined by the color of your skin (ahem knjincvc and GP04 especially). You are true embarrassments.

TSA stops hundreds of such incidences from all over the world. The threat isn't to humans, but the ecological systems that many now realize need to be protected. This was a good call on the part of TSA. It would not have been an issue if the snails had been brought in already smoked, but sadly they were alive and could have posed an ecological threat. Get over it.

Everyone who enters the US goes through customs; every traveler is told repeatedly what they can/can not bring in. People just choose to be complete dumbasses about it and choose to ignore the laws. My only issue, the traveler should have been forced to pay a nice fine that would force him to remember to leave his favorite delicacies behind until his next trip back to Ghana.

Posted by: devilsadvocate3 | September 10, 2010 8:50 AM | Report abuse

I only saw one or two comments that screamed intelligence (thank you arlingtonian6- escargot is heavenly). For a few others- knjincvc,GP04, streetnoise- do society a favor and keep your uneducated/ unintelligent mouths shut. All three of you are unquestionably bigots- something not defined by the color of your skin (ahem knjincvc and GP04 especially). You are true embarrassments.

TSA stops hundreds of such incidences from all over the world. The threat isn't to humans, but the ecological systems that many now realize need to be protected. This was a good call on the part of TSA. It would not have been an issue if the snails had been brought in already smoked, but sadly they were alive and could have posed an ecological threat. Get over it.

Everyone who enters the US goes through customs; every traveler is told repeatedly what they can/can not bring in. People just choose to be complete dumbasses about it and choose to ignore the laws. My only issue, the traveler should have been forced to pay a nice fine that would force him to remember to leave his favorite delicacies behind until his next trip back to Ghana.

Posted by: devilsadvocate3 | September 10, 2010 8:50 AM | Report abuse

I only saw one or two comments that screamed intelligence (thank you arlingtonian6- escargot is heavenly). For a few others- knjincvc,GP04, streetnoise- do society a favor and keep your uneducated/ unintelligent mouths shut. All three of you are unquestionably bigots- something not defined by the color of your skin (ahem knjincvc and GP04 especially). You are true embarrassments.

TSA stops hundreds of such incidences from all over the world. The threat isn't to humans, but the ecological systems that many now realize need to be protected. This was a good call on the part of TSA. It would not have been an issue if the snails had been brought in already smoked, but sadly they were alive and could have posed an ecological threat. Get over it.

Everyone who enters the US goes through customs; every traveler is told repeatedly what they can/can not bring in. People just choose to be complete dumbasses about it and choose to ignore the laws. My only issue, the traveler should have been forced to pay a nice fine that would force him to remember to leave his favorite delicacies behind until his next trip back to Ghana.

Posted by: devilsadvocate3 | September 10, 2010 8:50 AM | Report abuse

How did they catch up to them?

ba-dum-pum

I'm here all week. Tip you're waitresses.

Posted by: bayma1 | September 10, 2010 10:59 AM | Report abuse

The snails, once discovered, tried to make a run for it, but...

Posted by: jobro1 | September 10, 2010 1:05 PM | Report abuse

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