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The Giant African Land Snail is an unwanted visitor to the United States. Although it has been traded at flea markets and kept as a pet, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has never issued a permit to import the snails. All of the snails in the U.S. are here illegally. A local Wabash County Health Department worker read that the snails would be available at a local flea market. The snails were confiscated and destroyed. As a reaction to the discovery of the snails in Indiana, the DNR, on April 30 issued a quarantine banning the snails in Indiana.
If these snails are seen, IMMEDIATELY report the information by contacting the United States Department of Agriculture, Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service, Plant Protection & Quarantine, at (765) 446-0267.
120 Professional Court, Suite D
Lafayette, Indiana 47905
Or the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, at (317) 232-4120
Indiana Department of Natural Resources
Division of Entomology and Plant Pathology
402 West Washington Street, Room W290
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204-2739