Thursday, 6 March 2008

Snails in the news

A relatively snail-free news round up this week. Click on the names for the complete articles.

Achatinidae: Achatina
Quarantine officers found seven Giant African snails believed to have arrived with containers from Wallis and Futuna at the Suva Wharf yesterday.

Helicidae: Theba pisana
CBP agriculture specialists found on the bottom of another container 18 white snails and sent them to the U.S. Department of Agriculture for identification. The snails were identified as a threat to grain or citrus crops and were a quarantined as a significance pest. As a precaution, CBP placed salt around the container and issued an Emergency Action Notification to the shipper requiring re-exportation of the container to Australia.



How do you know the "white snails" were Theba pisana? There is nothing else like them over there?

Snail said...

Sorry, Aydin. I forgot to respond to your question. (Well, I responded in my head but didn't type anything. Not much help.)

Theba pisana is the most likely culprit. The other possibility is Cernuella. It's very unlikely to be a native snail because they tend not to behave that way. If anyone can point me in the right direction, I'll follow it up.

I was going to contact the authorities to check but I couldn't find an email address. Mind you, I wasn't looking very hard.