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Giant African snails meant for human consumption seized at Los Angeles airport

The USDA says giant African snails can reach up to 8 inches in length and nearly 5 inches in diameter—about the size of an average adult fist—and can live up to nine years. In a typical year, mated adults lay about 1,200 eggs.
The USDA says giant African snails can reach up to 8 inches in length and nearly 5 inches in diameter—about the size of an average adult fist—and can live up to nine years. In a typical year, mated adults lay about 1,200 eggs.
U.S. Department of Agriculture

U.S. Customs and Border Protection inspectors seized a live shipment of 67 giant African snails at Los Angeles International Airport this month.

Officials said Monday that the 35 pounds of snails arrived from Nigeria along with paperwork stating they were for human consumption.

Officials say the snails were intercepted July 1 and they were subsequently identified after a sample was sent to U.S. Department of Agriculture specialists in Washington, D.C.

A photograph released by the agency shows a person using two hands to hold a single snail.

Experts say the species of snail is prohibited because it poses a serious threat to agriculture, public health and the economy.

Officials say the snails were disposed of through incineration.