10 October 2016
Updated information has been released from the Government on Apple Snails.
Apple Snails (Pomacea) should not be introduced into or allowed to spread within the EU, which means retailers should not be importing, breeding or selling Apple Snails.
When the prohibitions were introduced in 2012 the UK Plant Health Service allowed the sale of existing stocks on the condition that the snails would not be allowed to multiply.
As the life expectancy of these snails is between 6 and 18 months all the stock from 2012 should now have died and any current sales or breeding of Apple Snails would be in breach of the legislation.
If eggs are seen in captive stock, they should be removed, and frozen before disposal. Under no circumstances should Apple Snails be released into the wild.