The dreams of eating a nice meal of Pounded yam, Egusi soup and fresh peppered snails as dinner was shattered as a Nigerian traveller to the UK was left disappointed when UK border control confiscated the snails he tried to bring into the country.
A group of 36 giant African land snails was seized from the Nigerian man’s luggage by Border Force officers at Glasgow Airport few days ago.
The passenger flew into Scotland from Amsterdam with the creatures, which were still alive and measure around 15cm-long on average.
But officers swiftly took them away because live animals require an import licence, which the man did not have. They were passed on to a rescue organisation and the passenger was warned about the restrictions on bringing the creatures into the UK.
The snails, not native to the UK, have shells the size of a small human fist.
While they are unlikely to survive a British winter, they could pass on diseases to the indigenous snail population if released into the wild, DailyMail understands, Murdo MacMillan, of the Border Force in Scotland, said: “The vigilance of our officers at Glasgow Airport has stopped these snails from entering Scotland, and possibly posing a risk to our native plants and wildlife.
“I would warn travellers not to attempt to bring live animals into the UK without a permit, or to bring in any products of animal origin which may contain pests or diseases.”