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[APD] Neritina natalensis Snails
During Oliver Knott's presentation at the AGA convention in Washington, he
mentioned using a South African snail, Neritina natalensis, for cleaning up
algae, particularly on rocks. In Germany, they're called Rennschnecken. I
believe he also said that Clown loaches cannot get at them, because the
snails maintain such a strong grip on the surface beneath them.
As for bringing them into the country, both the Fish and Wildlife Service
and the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture Plant Protection and Quarantine section
have told me that there is no prohibition against importing these particular
snails. But they would require a permit from the USDA PPQ. The permit
application is not complicated, but there is a three or four month approval
delay. And, the snails would have to be quarantined on arrival, so that an
inspector could agree that they are what you say they are.
I have filed an application, but in the meantime, let me ask: Has anyone on
the list had experience with these snails? Does anyone know if they're for
sale in the U.S.? Thanks.
John T. Fitch
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