10-23-2009, 09:33 AM
| || | Except for the Pomacea diffusa, several species of apple snails can destroy local fauna very easily. Pomacea canaliculata for instance has already been recorded to invade several states and countries globally. They have been mowing down local plants especially crops. This is the main reason why they are banned from shipping. Diffusas on the other hand, do not eat plants so all age stages of this particular species from egg clutch to adult can be shipped legally. Before, USDA used to issue permits and allow shipping only to snails that are at least 1.5" in size. Since then, they had relaxed the rules and allowed all ages of diffusas to be shipped everywhere in US.
Originally Posted by molliefan09
really lupin?? i did not know that...do you know why it is illegal...not that i plan on shipping any snails anytime soon...just curiosity