Did these people actually sell me an empty shell?

  1. blakeugan Well Known Member Member

    Just bought a mystery snail from Petco. There seems to be some hard covering on the opening. Is this an empty shell? ImageUploadedByFish Lore Aquarium Fish Forum1465855683.093226.jpg ImageUploadedByFish Lore Aquarium Fish Forum1465855766.120026.jpg
  2. TexasDomer Fishlore Legend Member

    Nope, that's the snail's operculum. He's inside, just hiding.
  3. blakeugan Well Known Member Member

    Oh thank god. I'm such a worry wort. I was like, "really, how does that even happen". If he has that, it means he's alive, right? I haven't seen him move yet
  4. TexasDomer Fishlore Legend Member

    If he's dead, he'll smell bad and hang out of his shell.
  5. clk89 Fishlore VIP Member

    The smell is pretty horrific too, like strong rotten eggs smell, at least when I got a dead nerite snail it was.

    edit: I should add that not all dead snails come out of their shell either, my nerite never did. Of course I suppose it could be different with mystery snails.
  6. Five 97 Well Known Member Member

    Agreed with the others....neither did mine (nerite).
  7. Pringlethesnail Well Known Member Member

    Mysteries can't stay closed when they're dead so they like flop out. Sometimes they just flop open and sometimes the whole body comes out depending how long it's been dead and other factors