NANFA-- Mystery Snails and Mississippi Law

Hoover, Jan J ERDC-EL-MS (
Wed, 16 Jan 2002 10:27:45 -0600

Apple snails (Ampullariidae) are now illegal in the state of Mississippi.

An Emergency Applesnail Regulation was adopted by the Mississippi Dept of
Agriculture and Commerce, Bureau of Plant Industry 12 Sep 2001 that
prohibits movement of apple snails into or within the state. There is
concern for ornamental and food plant industries. Reproductive apple snails
were documented (and pictured) from Pontotoc County.

Pet shops have been asked to cease the sales and destroy the snails. Snail
owners are being told to never release them.

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