Philadelphia customs officials intercept German snail

    Despite it being small and slow-moving, the Kentish snail discovered today by Customs and Border Protection agents in Philadelphia poses enough of a threat to crops that the crate it came in warranted a ring of salt around it.

    The snail came in with some furniture from Germany and was identified by a USDA entomologist who determined the snail’s origin and reputation for destroying crops, gardens and landscapes. It’s the first time the Philadelphia port has intercepted a Kentish snail.

    The crate will either be treated or re-exported.

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