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Old 08-24-2012, 07:49 PM   #1
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Exclamation slug like parasites? Maybe ingested

Ok, so I just was doing a water change in my 10gallon planted assassin snail breeding tank and noticed these white slugs on the glass. My question is really when I was siphoning I used my mouth on the tube and some of the water got in my mouth. I spit it out immediately but now being a hypochondriac as I am I'm worried that it may be something harmful that has gotten into my mouth.

I'm a occasional dipping tobacco user and had some in my mouth and not sure if that would be toxic or not then I was worried and finally a few minutes later decided to gargle mouth wash.

So of course I google it and see all sorts of nasty things that come from snails and can attack the human heart/lungs/liver/etc...

These slugs measure from just a mm to maybe 5 mm long. I will try and get some macro shots of them and post it here..

My main concern is should I go to the doctor?
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Old 08-24-2012, 07:57 PM   #2
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Well the only way I can discribe them is like this, however I have only seen the side the is on the glass so its backside. They look almost milky white though.

They do not have a arrow head like planaria

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Old 08-25-2012, 01:42 AM   #3
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I have no idea sorry! Try Google.
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Old 08-25-2012, 04:22 AM   #4
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Diatomaceous earth, food grade, mixed with juice and taken internally will ravage what if anything may have gotten into your system. I have a bunch if you would like me to send some to you. A doctor can also prescribe ivermectin (taken with grapefruit juice to aid absorption), which will knock out anything parasitic.
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I can't drink grape fruit juice unfortunately because of a medication I'm on. Where would I get this stuff locally? Also at what point does the mix become ineffective do to waiting to get it.
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I don't think it's anything to be worried about personally, it's just extra protein.
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I'm trying not to worry about it. They have appeared from barely doing a water change on my snail tank with over feeding I suppose. If they are bad what side effects will I experience as a cue to goto a doctor?
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Google around a bit, I don't think there are any documented cases of this sort of planaria affecting a human being. Keep in mind that fish readily eat them also.
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