Did these people actually sell me an empty shell?

Discussion in 'Snails' started by blakeugan, Jun 13, 2016.

  1. blakeugan

    blakeuganWell Known MemberMember

    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.jpgImageUploadedByFish Lore Aquarium Fish Forum1465855766.120026.jpg
  2. TexasDomer

    TexasDomerFishlore LegendMember

    Nope, that's the snail's operculum. He's inside, just hiding.
  3. OP

    blakeuganWell Known MemberMember

    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

    TexasDomerFishlore LegendMember

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

    clk89Fishlore VIPMember

    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

    Five 97Well Known MemberMember

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

    PringlethesnailWell Known MemberMember

    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

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