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Monday, February 23, 2004

...@" Snails leave a trail "@... :-)

ONE News is reporting that ship workers in New Zealand discovered giant African land snails (Achatina fulica) and their eggs on the containers of a ship arriving from the Wallis and Futuna Islands. The snails, which were quickly destroyed, have been discovered in the past at other New Zealand ports. Luckily the ship workers were recently accredited by the New Zealand Ministry of Agriculture's sea container inspection program (some good publicity for the program as well). Giant African land snails not only threaten agricultural crops, they are also known carriers of disease.

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