Obtaining Land Snails

If you want to receive land snails from a biological supply company in another state, then you are required by the USDA to obtain a permit for the transport of these snails. The checklist below will take you through this process and help you to plan the timing of your lessons. Should you require additional assistance at any point in this process, please contact our Customer Service Department at 1-800-258-1302 Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. EST.


1. If your state is listed below, print the permit application (USDA PPQ 526). Print application and return to this page for complete instructions.
AZ   CA    NM    TX    WA

2. If your state is not listed above, your state is not currently* approved to receive land snails from out-of-state suppliers. Please select the kit you are using to review the alternative activities.
  *Important Note: We anticipate significant updates to this list in the early Fall. If you are doing these investigations later in the year, you may want to check back here in the Fall before deciding to perform the alternative activities for your kit.
3. We have already filled out the majority of your application for you. Simply complete the following sections on your application, and it will be ready for submission!

Section 1 - MUST include ALL of the following: contact name, title, school name, and physical address

Section 2 - Telephone number of contact noted in Section 1

Section 4D - Approximate number of specimens you will be requesting within the next 12 months (i.e., 4 cards for 20 snails each = 80)

Section 8 - City and state noted in Section 1

Section 10 - Date, approximately 4 weeks from date noted in Section 18

Section 11 - Approximate number of cards you will be redeeming within the next 12 months (i.e., 4 cards for 20 snails each = 4)

Section 17 - Signature of PERSON NAMED IN SECTION 1. Applications without a signature or with the signature of someone other than the person named in Section 1 will be denied.

Section 18 - Date of application completion

4. Make a photocopy of your completed application for your records.
5. Mail your original completed application to USDA, APHIS, PPQ; 4700 River Road, Unit 133; Riverdale, MD 20737 OR fax your original completed application to 301-734-8700.  
6. After approximately 7 business days, you may check the status of your application by contacting the USDA at 877-770-5990; please press 6 at the prompt.
7. Within 3-5 weeks, you will receive notification from the USDA, via mail, of the status of your application. If your permit was denied, please review the optional activities for your kit. (Animals Two by Two     Structures of Life     Diversity of Life) If your permit was approved, **please proceed to step 8.
8. As soon as you know the week in which you would like to receive your land snails (always allow 3-4 weeks from mail date), please complete your live material coupon and mail to Delta Education, PO. Box 3000, Nashua, NH 03061-3000 or fax to 1-800-282-9560. PLEASE CLEARLY WRITE your permit number somewhere on the live material coupon. Land Snail coupons cannot be redeemed without a valid permit number .
9. You will receive your land snails on Wednesday or Thursday of the week requested.

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