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Old 08-23-2011, 08:59 PM   #1
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Identify snail??

Waht kind of snail is this? Do I need two of them to breed? What is that thing haning from the end of the snail??

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Old 08-23-2011, 09:01 PM   #2
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Old 08-23-2011, 09:07 PM   #3
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Do you have a picture of it from the side? It looks to me like an apple snail. The thing hanging from the end in the second picture looks to be poop. IF, it is an apple snail, you do need 2 of them for breeding.
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+1 apple snail.
pretty positive, although a side view would confirm it. :>
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What kind of snail is this? We can't be sure from the pictures, but it looks like a type of Apple snail called a Mystery snail (pomacea difusa/bridgesii) which are very common in the aquarium trade. For positive confirmation we would need 2 additional photographs: 1) one looking straight at the 'spiral' area, and 2) another of the spiral area looking at it from the side.

Or you can look for yourself at these sites at applesnail.net:

Apple snail (Ampullariidae) genera and species.

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Do I need two of them to breed? Yes, you need a male and a female. However, you may have a female that was impregnated by a male before you got her.

What is that thing haning from the end of the snail?? The stringy white thing visible in the second photograph is, as absolutangel04 said, snail poop. However, if you meant the flat circular disk at the end of the fleshy part of the snail body, that is a "trapdoor" or operculum.

By the way, if anyone thinks their mystery snail is dead because it hasn't moved for 24, 48, 72 hours, please don't throw it out. Long periods of inactivity are normal for mystery snails. Pick it up and smell it. If it doesn't smell absolutely horrible, then it's still alive,
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Ok, I got a side pic. Anyone know what to feed it?
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Definitely an apple snail. These guys are pretty opportunistic feeders. They like algae... if you don't have any in your tank, dropping an algae pellet in every few days would be good. You can also parboil vegetables and then drop in the tank for greens (I have never done this). He (or she) will also eat uneaten food in the tank, and possibly nibble on your live plants. Mine is pretty well-behaved though, and happy eating algae.

I used to have two... and they were the horniest creatures I have ever witnessed. They had sex multiple times a day... maybe they died from too much sex because one day I came in and found one dead, and the next morning the other was dead (so maybe one died of too much sex, and then the second died of a broken heart). I was very sad.

I have only one now, and he's doing great.
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Definitely an apple snail. These guys are pretty opportunistic feeders. They like algae... if you don't have any in your tank, dropping an algae pellet in every few days would be good. You can also parboil vegetables and then drop in the tank for greens (I have never done this). He (or she) will also eat uneaten food in the tank, and possibly nibble on your live plants. Mine is pretty well-behaved though, and happy eating algae.

I used to have two... and they were the horniest creatures I have ever witnessed. They had sex multiple times a day... maybe they died from too much sex because one day I came in and found one dead, and the next morning the other was dead (so maybe one died of too much sex, and then the second died of a broken heart). I was very sad.

I have only one now, and he's doing great.
Mine eat all the things mentioned as well as fallen flakes and shrimp pellets. Mine NEVER eat live plants.
Yes, the new photo confirms it is an apple snail. Hooray! I have 5 of them in various colors dispersed between 2 tanks. I have never seen any of mone mate though. Bummer, because I want baby snails!
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Cool! I got them for .99 cents each! I kinda regretted buying them at first, but I think they will grow on me! They are cool creatures! I put one in my guppy tank and one in my betta tank. Thanks for all the info guys!
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