Are Apple Snails A Risk To Humans With "rat Lungworm"?

  1. s

    shaun jones New Member Member

    I was wanting to get some apple snails, but was concerned after hearing that they can transmit rat lungworm to humans. Should this be a worry or is it very unlikely? I would happily stick my hand in a fish tank or pond, which could probably just be as risky.. not sure. Also something to note is I do wash my hands everytime after doing things with the fish tank, just want some reassurance or some advice whether it's a real issue and something to stop me from getting the snails I wanted. Thanks.
  2. j

    johnbetta Well Known Member Member

    they are safe but if u want to breed your fish they will eat the the eggs u dont want that i had them in my bristle nose cat fish tank and lost the male he was in the cave on eegs and the snail got into the cave next day snail and male bn dead if i was u dont take the risk learn from my mistake
  3. OP

    shaun jones New Member Member

    Thanks. I was only enquiring purely regarding the diseases they can carry, it would be a snail only tank.
  4. Dch48

    Dch48 Well Known Member Member

    I never heard about them carrying diseases before.
  5. Mick Frost

    Mick Frost Valued Member Member

    Invertebrates are highly succeptable to parasites. Wash your hands after handling, and before you eat, and it's fine.
  6. j

    johnbetta Well Known Member Member

    ah fair enough mate
  7. d

    deannarae426 New Member Member

    They should be fine! I just added three to my step moms tank! They mate quick so keep an eye out for them
  8. Robjoco

    Robjoco Valued Member Member

    The rat lungworm parasite is associated with Pomacea canaliculata (the giant apple snail), not Pomacea diffusa (spike-topped apple snail). I don’t know where you live, Shaun, but in the United States, only P. diffusa is legal, so I’m not worried.
  9. wodesorel

    wodesorel Well Known Member Member

    If I'm not mistaken, canas are legal so long as they do not cross state lines.

    I don't worry about it myself. I have no plans to eat them raw! And of course basic sanitary measures like washing hands well after being in tanks apply, but I would be more concerned about catching mycobacterium from the water than lungworm from, well, anything.
  10. Robjoco

    Robjoco Valued Member Member

    I know it’s illegal to own or sell in California and Texas, but I can’t speak for the rest of the states.