Do mystery snails *have* to lay their eggs?

Discussion in 'Snails' started by Aquaphobia, Jul 13, 2015.

  1. AquaphobiaFishlore LegendMember

    My mystery snail is suspected to be female and her recent escapes may have been failed attempts to lay eggs. My aquarium is filled to within 1/2" of the rim and they apparently need 3" to do so. I know that reptiles can suffer from egg binding but is that a worry with snails?
  2. Claire BearWell Known MemberMember

    Hi, not sure if they can become egg bound but in the past, mine have crawled up and behind a filter to lay eggs, on the underside of the lid and several other unique places.
  3. AquaphobiaFishlore LegendMember

    Thank-you for the tip! How long do mystery snail eggs take to hatch? I now fear I have zillions of mysteries lurking in the plants :p
  4. Bijou88Well Known MemberMember

    They take around 10 days to hatch. If you haven't gotten a clutch though, you won't have babies. They can't survive under water when in the eggs. I honestly don't know if they get egg bound or not, your girl will keep trying to escape though.

    To add, you'd be able to see them in the tank, they're just whitish about the size of a pin head, they'd be crawling on the glass though.
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  5. AquaphobiaFishlore LegendMember

    Do they look different from the whitish pinheads that are freshwater limpets though? ;)
  6. Bijou88Well Known MemberMember

    Mine are often yellow or white when first born. These guys are a few days old but you can sort of get the idea. The little blobs are snails, lol. Even when they're little you can see their little spirals (couldn't get a good enough picture to show you :( ) The spiral is darker than the rest of their shells too. You can see their little antennae too when they're on the glass, from day 1.

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