Bringing Bats, Snails, and other Vectors of Human Disease into the United States
Certain animals, such as bats, insects, and snails, are known to carry zoonotic diseases. Importing such animals for any reason requires permits from CDC and the US Fish and Wildlife Service. Because bats can be infected with and transmit rabies, permits are not granted for importing bats as pets. Etiological agents, hosts, or vectors of human disease, including microorganisms, insects, biological materials, tissue, certain live animals (e.g., live snails), and animal products may require a CDC permit for importation or transfer within the United States.