Gary or Gerri? Help

Discussion in 'Snails' started by MNfishMama, Dec 17, 2009.

  1. MNfishMamaNew MemberMember

    Not sure if the Black Mystery Snail :;snail I got for my birthday is male or female. I can tell the difference between my livebearing fish but I'm having difficulties with my snail. Can anyone help? :;dk

    Nom, nom zuchini!

    Taking laps around the food dish


    Close up

  2. Aquarist

    AquaristFishlore LegendMember

    Hello MN. To me it looks like a Mystery Snail. Sorry, I haven't ever tried to determine the sex on mine. They truly love zucchini don't they? :) What a nice gift!
    See if these links help you any.
  3. iloveengl

    iloveenglWell Known MemberMember

    Cutie! I love these little critters. :D

    Sexing them seems kinda tricky from what I've read; I never want to bother them enough to flip them over and figure it out.

    Love the name either way.

  4. OP

    MNfishMamaNew MemberMember

    Thanks for taking a look and the links! :;thx

    The LFS told me they were hermaphrodite's and breed are their own but after some research I found out that they're NOT. Grrrr!

    I was a little worried when I first got him/her thinking it was going to be a very boring pet but it was active right away and since I'm a night owl I get to see it in action a lot. I found this link from another thread on LS in case someone else has the same question.

  5. rainman

    rainmanWell Known MemberMember

    My signature has a good diagram, check it out.
  6. Jaysee

    JayseeFishlore LegendMember

    I was just about to post a link to one of your threads!
  7. OP

    MNfishMamaNew MemberMember

    OK, so does the penissheath stick out a lot more when they're moving along or??? :;snail
  8. rainman

    rainmanWell Known MemberMember

    If you hold your snail so it does   so he/she has to stretch out of his shell to right itself. Then you should be able to get a good view under the rim of the shell.
  9. rainman

    rainmanWell Known MemberMember

    Yes, thanks. I like to think of snails as my 'specialty'. :)
  10. OP

    MNfishMamaNew MemberMember

    I STILL can't figure out if my snails are male or female :;snail

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