Slow But Highly Dangerous to Humans And Were Seized At Detroit Airport
A person tried to smuggle highly invasive snails into Detroit from Africa and a border patrol search of luggage may have saved some American lives and the environment.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection
The U.S. Customs and Border Protection workers are on the job at all our borders trying to prevent bad things from coming into the United States.
These men and women work hard every day trying to protect us but we rarely hear about what they actually find that people are trying to smuggle into Michigan.
What is a Giant African Snail?
As you can see in the photo above the Giant African Snail is huge and they can get bigger than a human's hand.
The Giant African Snail eats over 500 different types of plants, they also eat fruits, vegetables, and even tree bark. These snails pose a huge threat to Michigan's environment.
Giant African Snail also carries a parasite that causes meningitis which is a huge risk to humans.
U.S. Border Agents in Detroit Find 6 Live Giant African Snails In Travelers Luggage
Kudos to the U.S. Border Protection agents who discovered the 6 live Giant African Snails in luggage that a traveler from Ghana was trying to smuggle into Detroit.
According to MLive, the person bringing the snails to Detroit, brought them to eat. Many people around the world eat these snails or even keep them as pets.