Ask Chris: What Happened to Those Giant Snails that Were Seized by Customs at LAX Last July?

Our in-house historian has the answer

It was never going to end well for those critters. You can eat escargot, scungilli, or go dong in L.A., but land snails from Nigeria—including the 67 Chihuahua-size ones that were discovered in an air cargo shipment labeled for human consumption—are off-limits. Customs officials passed those Archachatina marginata on to the USDA. Fearing the creatures could eat “stucco off of houses,” the agency ordered death by incineration.