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Old 08-08-2014, 08:34 PM   #1
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Snail help

I just came home with a new snail (I'm totally in love with snails now, amazing little creatures) and I introduced him to the tank slowly. I'm not sure if he got stressed out in the transport/tank intro, but he hasn't moved in an hour or so. How long do I wait for him to move before declaring him deceased?

I was skeptical about him being alive when I got him, but the sales guy plucked him up and said, "See, he's alive, he went into his shell a bit." But I'm still worried. Is there a way to coax him out of his shell to verify or is this just a waiting game at this point?

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Old 08-08-2014, 10:36 PM   #2
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I'd say its a waiting game. If you're feeling brave you could take him out and smell him. Sounds weird I know but dead snails reek like you wouldn't believe, lol! Sure fire way to tell!


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Old 08-08-2014, 10:59 PM   #3
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Thank you. Still no movement from him.

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Old 08-09-2014, 12:35 AM   #4
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I'd say its a waiting game. If you're feeling brave you could take him out and smell him. Sounds weird I know but dead snails reek like you wouldn't believe, lol! Sure fire way to tell!


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I took him out and smelled him and he didn't stink at all. But he still won't move and I just noticed he is missing a chunk off his shell opening. I want him to be ok so bad. I'm already attached to the little guy.

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Sometimes mine wouldn't come out for a day or two, he may just be really stressed. I'd just leave him alone for a while. I'd say tonight cut off the aquarium lights and check on him again in the morning. If he doesn't smell there's a good chance he's still alive.


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Old 08-09-2014, 09:51 AM   #6
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Thank you. I've been stressing all night about it.

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She's alive!!!

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Old 08-09-2014, 11:18 AM   #8
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Yay! He's alive!


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I think she's just super stressed out. Poor thing has a broken shell. She came off her leaf and landed upside down and wasn't strong enough to turn over. How long does it usually take for a snail to repair their shells?

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I think she's just super stressed out. Poor thing has a broken shell. She came off her leaf and landed upside down and wasn't strong enough to turn over. How long does it usually take for a snail to repair their shells?

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I'm not sure but I know it takes a while. I've never had one break a shell before.


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Awesome, well glad to see they're alive and well!


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