Giant snails confiscated in California; Texas still safe

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Sixty-seven giant African snails recently confiscated at Los Angeles International Airport have been identified by U.S. Department of Agriculture experts as the prohibited and dangerous species.

Both the rosy wolf snail and the giant African snail have appendices for seeing and smelling, said Michael Warriner, invertebrate biologist with Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

Two other large but harmless snails in Houston-area gardens may be mistaken for the more dangerous giant African: the island apple snail and the channeled apple snail, said Autumn Smith-Herron of the Institute for the Study of Invasive Species at Sam Houston State University.

Via: Home and Gardening


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