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Giant African Snails discovered at Port of Oakland

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Photos courtesy: U.S. Customs and Border Protection Photos courtesy: U.S. Customs and Border Protection

U.S. Customs and Border Protection workers discovered two live Giant African Snails and a pile of dead snail eggs earlier this month at the Port of Oakland.

The workers were examining a cargo shipment of wooden pallets from American Samoa when they made the discovery.

Scientists consider the creature to be one of the most damaging snails in the world. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, they can grow up to eight inches long. Their diet consists of at least 500 different types of plants, but they can also cause structural damage to buildings by eating paint, plaster and stucco.

Giant African Snails can also carry a parasite that can lead to meningitis in humans.

In November, workers at the Port of Oakland found a Giant African Snail in a shipping container of commercial goods from Asia.

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