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.