ATLANTA (WSAV) – A live giant African slug was found in a traveler’s suitcase at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport last Tuesday.
According to Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the discovery was made by a member of the department’s Beagle Brigade, Mox. The Beagle also found prohibited goat meat, cow hides, melon seeds and vegetables, according to CBP.
The female traveler, a US citizen, had just arrived on a flight from Nigeria and was on her way to Texas, according to CBP.
“This was a significant opening for our agricultural K9 team, a critical component of our nation’s front-line defense against all animal pests that threaten our agricultural resources,” said CBP Atlanta Area Port Director Clay Thomas.
It is said to be a giant African snail one of the most harmful snails in the world. According to the USDA, this species consumes at least 500 plant species and can cause structural damage to stucco and stucco structures.
The snail also poses a danger to humans because it carries a parasitic nematode that can lead to meningitis.