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Old 09-30-2006, 02:44 PM   #1
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Snail clutches oh my..

I received a package of snails from a breeder a couple of days ago.. little did i know that the biggest one was already mated.. found a nice surprise this morning when i went to open the hood in the form of a pinkish peachy colored egg clutch.

As i dont care for more snails than what i have i promptly disposed of the eggs. I felt kind of bad but honestly i dont have the space to breed snails, nor the desire to have that many. I think its best for everyone. Although i will say i was cringing a bit when i took the clutch off and heard little crackling noises.

The other snails are far too young to breed or lay eggs so i am assuming that the larger one just came mated.

Anyhow thats my exciting morning I took some photos before i got rid of the clutch if anyone wants to see i can post.

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Old 09-30-2006, 03:16 PM   #2
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Great that they bred, but shame you werent able to keep them
I'm trying desperately to get my ramshorns to breed so I can feed the babies to my puffer fish (dont hate me), but I must be the ONLY person on the planet who is unable to get them to do that!!! lol!
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Old 09-30-2006, 06:40 PM   #3
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I've got some eager ramshorns for you if you want them! In my case, I can't get my MTS to reproduce.

Edit - and my mystery snails won't breed either. I think I always wind up with groups of the same gender. Shame on you Pleco! You should share the wealth!
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Ramshorns are asexual...no mates needed. Not sure about MTS.
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Actually, I think that's backwards. The ramshorns are hermaphrodites, and I have kept a single ramshorn alone multiple times without it spontaneously generating babies (they like it the old fashioned way, believe me). It's the Melanoides that are asexual, which is what I have, but I'm not sure if they're the same as MTS. I occasionally see little babies, but they never make it to maturity.
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If there is a safe way to ship egg clutches i would be more than willing to send them to interested parties for shipping/handeling cost only.

Here is what the clutch looked like.



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If there is a safe way to ship egg clutches i would be more than willing to send them to interested parties for shipping/handeling cost only.

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Clutches are easy to ship. Just wrap them in a barely damp paper towel or bit of filter floss, put them in a plastic baggie and then into a well padded box. Priority mail takes 2-3 days and generally runs $4.05 for a small box. Mail on a Mon or Tues if you can so they don't spend the weekend in a truck somewhere, and don't mail if it is going to get below 40ish.
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does that really matter if its 40'ish, as most planes cargo compartments arent pressurized and get freezing?
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