Apple snail first aid?

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I have two apple snails, and I'm hoping that they will breed; however, I've recently noticed that the youngest of the two snails has a massive crack at the lip of the opening of its shell. I'm aware that broken shells can be responsbale for snail death, but this particular crack doesn't appear to be life threatening.

So, how can I repair the crack?

In addition, the older snails shell appears to be waring out. Its gone from being golden yellow to whitish beige. I would think that snails have the capacity to repair there own shells, but should I be adding calcium or some other mineral to ensure that there is a adequate supply in the water for the snails to use?

Cheers, Jason
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  • #2
Well with snails, they breed asexualy so it just takes one. Not sure about what you can do about the crack though.
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  • #3
Actually, the apple snail is indeed a hermaphrodite species, but I believe (someone please correct me if I'm mistaken) that they can only reproduce sexually...therefore they can't be both genders at the same time. Thanks for your post though.

cheers, Jason
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Hope you can help it
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Thanks to Janmitch I realized that the apple snail is one of the few nonhermaphrodite snails. So, I retract my previous statement. Thus male and female apple snails exist. Now, I wonder if I have a male and a female!

nice site Janmitch

cheers, Jason
  • #6
I guess it is kinda tough to check the pipe work isn't it good luck with ur apple snails if ur living in the US it is now almost impossible to find snails especially apple snails
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I had what looked like cracks across my Mystery Snails shells and what it was instead was a new area of shell forming, but the way you talk about it that sounds like you may have soft water and they need a calcium food.  I got HikarI Crab Cuisine and throw a few pellets in the tank every day for my Albinos Mystery Snails and they are forming nice hard shells. 

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  • #8
I know someone that superglued the crack on his snail. For added calcium, I've heard some say they give their snails cuttlebones to chew on.
  • #9
boxermom are u serious someone superglued the crack that is hilarious sorry that is funny tho
  • #10
Yup. Also used on turtle shells. Superglue, once dry, is safe for use in aquariums or on decor (or, it seems, some critters).
  • #11
well all I can say is **** was that person thinking who first tried it i'd be afraid of poisoning them
  • #12
Naw, it depends on the crack and how deep it goes. I wouldn't use it if any flesh was exposed, but as long as the crack is limited to the shell, I'd think it would be fine.
  • #13
It would be dangerous for the flesh of an invertebrate but for the shell, why not? Superglue can be used on human wounds, after all.
  • #14
If there was some flesh exposed between the shell crack the snail may not be able to move out of positon when it is time to grow as I do not believe the super glue wears off that easily. So I can see where the idea of not putting it where flesh is exposed is a good one. Not because it is toxic but because the snail needs to be mobile inside his shell.

  • #15
That, plus if the skin is damaged, it stings like ****.

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