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Old 01-13-2006, 06:48 PM   #1
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Dead Snail?

Can anyone tell me how I can tell if my snail is dead? I don't know what kind he is (see image below), but he hasn't moved in almost a week. If I pick him up out of the water, he does retract a bit into his shell, but not very much. Plus there is no bad odor or slime coming from him either. He used to move alot, but llike I said, it's been almost over a week since he's moved from one spot.

BTW, I have 8 other snails just like this one and they are all ok.

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Old 01-13-2006, 07:35 PM   #2
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How can I tell if a snail is dead?

Please see my post here:

http://aquariumadvice.com/viewtopic.php?t=69524

there's a image there of my snail and it explains what's happening.
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As long as you see some movement I would leave it in. Just watch it daily.
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Take it out and smell it. You will know if it's dead. :|
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Put a hermit next to it. They seem to even like the ones that are alive :-\ And their shells are smaller than his
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If they are dead they will retract into their shell. He looks like he is still out. and if he is still retracting when you touch him. He is still alive. Cant explain why he still is in same place though.
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I have never had a problem with my hermits eating snails...That I have seen
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I have never had a problem with my hermits eating snails...That I have seen
My LFS said the hermits would eat the snail, but it would take them a little while. Within the first hour of putting the crabs in the tank, 4 of them went right to it and cleaned it's shell!! It was really neat, but they didn't seem to bother the snail.

It's really weird. The snail has been inactive for so long, but he's still alive. I heard somewhere that they can drown if they are left on their backs.....is this true?
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