advises that new, temporary import requirements have been imposed on the trade
of Western Australian strawberry fruit as a vector of Green Snail (Cornu
apertus (Born) (syn. Cantareus apertus (Born), Helix
As a result, strawberries from properties more than two kilometres from a
Green Snail infestation in Western Australia can once again be imported into Tasmania
in accordance with a series of import conditions, including that properties
must be inspected free of the pest by an approved person on a monthly
basis. Strawberry fruit from Western Australian properties within two
kilometres of a Green Snail infestation will still not be accepted for the time
Biosecurity Tasmania continues to work with its Western Australian counterparts
on this matter.
Green snail is classified as a high priority pest and there is a national protocol in place for reducing the risk of its movement outside the confirmed area of establishment for the pest.
Green snail is native to Southern Europe and North Africa but has been established in the Perth metropolitan area since the 1980s and also has been detected elsewhere in Australia. Mature green snails have an olive-green shell and white flesh. They are intermediate in size and rarely exceed 25mm in shell diameter. Information to help identify Green Snail is available at the Agriculture Victoria website.
We ask everyone to please remain vigilant for the presence of any Green Snails
when purchasing strawberry punnets from Western Australia and immediately
report any snail finds to Biosecurity Tasmania on (03) 6165 3777. Please do not
release the snails into the waste stream or the environment.