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Sadly, most exotic terrestrial snail species, like the African Gaint Snail, are banned from import to the US.
Helix species aren't banned in the US, they're the family of snails that are used in Escargot. I've been thinking about getting some eventually, but that's another project for when we move.

African Giants are banned because they're highly invasive, eat stucco houses, and can blow out a car tire if they're run over.

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When I was younger I actually saw one of those millipedes at Petco and desperately wanted one for some reason... Haha. You sure those things don't bite? They look a little scary. I don't know if I'd want to have one in my house. I mean, I'm not necessarily scared of bugs (unless it's a spider, then I'm a nutcase), but that's a pretty big bug right there.

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I am sure millipedes don't bite.

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Well that's good. Otherwise I'm sure they wouldn't be very popular. Do you happen to own one?

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No. Unfortunately not.

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Ah ok. While I was just researching them I saw that they are pretty hard to find here. I wonder why that is? Cause honestly those guys might be a front runner for my next pet!

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Well, according to my research, and I have researched getting one, there are mites that live on some of the millipedes that were imported and some people aren't too happy about that so they banned the importation of these species. However, millipedes already in the US are alright to own, so exotic breeders of these species (which it isn't too hard to breed them, actually) started to up there breeding to meet the demand for them. Their prices went up accordingly.

However, if you go to the Ward Science website, they sell them relatively cheap at about 32 bucks a millipede.

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Well, that price is certainly far better than Ken the Bug Guy's price at nearly $100 dollars for just one adult.

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That makes sense. I looked at their website, and the ones they sell are wild caught. :/ Meh. I'll keep checking around and thinking about all my options.

And yea, you'd think so, but I saw some listed for over a hundred dollars!

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