Color Change In Mystery Snails Question

Discussion in 'Snails' started by Mmmph, Jun 19, 2018.

  1. MmmphValued MemberMember

    C1692770-A978-43DE-A4D7-2BA9523FFBFA.jpeg I know that changes in water parameter may cause new growth in the shell to appear slightly different, but what is the main contributor to this color change? My snail developed 3 rather distinct colors from recent moves. Now she looks black, gold, and ivory all at the same time.

    The shells of my other 4 snails made barely noticeable transitions compared to this one.
     
    Last edited: Jun 19, 2018
  2. Dch48Well Known MemberMember

    Wow, that's a unique coloration. Was the black always there?
     
  3. MmmphValued MemberMember

    Lol yeah I thought I bought a black snail
     
  4. Dch48Well Known MemberMember

    A black one would not have a white body. Very strange.
     
  5. snailyfriendsValued MemberMember

    i've heard of the snails turning white or getting darker but never three colors at once. could it be genetics, maybe a hybrid or chimera snail, kind of like chimera dogs? that's odd. maybe she's more sensitive to the water. it's actually beautiful, and it seems to be an okay thickness at least
     
  6. wodesorelWell Known MemberMember

    My guess would be different minerals in the different water sources, since you said it happened after moves. I've had a blue shell go to white before, and yellow change to much darker hues. Yours is really spectacular in variation!
     
  7. PringlethesnailWell Known MemberMember

    I did buy a snail like that once! I don’t know what caused it to look like that early in life but the color the shell is growing now is the correct color. This shows that the snail is very healthy now. The orange was when it was doing better than it was in the brown part, and now it’s doing the best it ever has!
     
  8. Suzanne2Valued MemberMember

    Kinda late to this conversation, but I was wondering if you had the same substrate color during each of your snails shell color changes? And did you have the same lighting level?
    My ramshorn snail changed color from dark brown to light tan/grey and I had been wondering if snails could change to match their suroundings. It came from an environment with extremely dark brown substrate, but my tank has light sand and LED light with some sunlight briefly during the day, so it is a much brighter setting than the heavily planted shadowy environment it came from.
     
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