How I Ended Up With Over 100 Mystery Snails... Funny

Discussion in 'Snails' started by Bubbles_and_Fins, Apr 13, 2019.

  1. Bubbles_and_FinsWell Known MemberMember

    Yeah, the title pretty much says it all. Be ready for a wild ride.

    About a month after Sheldon (my previous Mystery Snail) died, I wanted another mystery snail. So, I went and got Mama Snail from a local pet store. She is a beautiful wild type mystery snail with a dark brown striped shell and a dark body. Let me tell you, she. is. huge. She touches both ends of my palm when she stretches out. She was around sheldon's size (a quarter) when i got her, but she is all grown now and her shell is around the size of a small golf ball.

    She is very very goofy, and I originally thought she was a male and named her Pumba. Now let's get into the story of how she earned the name "Mama Snail".

    I came home from work one day to find not one, not two, not three, not four, but FIVE clutches of snail eggs on my lid of my tank. Yeah. Apparently female mystery snails can hold on to fertile eggs for a long time before laying them. I panicked and threw out all but two egg clutches, because I was open to having baby snails, but not over 500 of them.

    After a while (I can't remember how much time had passed) I noticed that some of the eggs in the clutches were open and baby snail shells were peeking through. I was ecstatic!!! I crumbled the clutches into the tank and watched all the little babies float to the bottom and start wiggling around. They are SO cute and i love watching them explore and climb all over each other to get to food. They are about two weeks old now, and the size of peas. Some are colored like the mother, some have the same shell but light bodies, and a couple even look like magenta mystery snails-- a rare color! I'm so excited to see what they look like as they grow older and I can't wait to see where they end up in their forever homes once they are old enough!

    Oh, and get this: Mama Snail has had ANOTHER clutch of eggs hatch this morning. I'm being overrun by snails!! Luckily, my aunt is waiting for the last of her fish to pass, and then she is giving me her 20 gallon with all of the stuff that comes with it. I plan on moving all the babies into there so that they don't overcrowd my tiny 10 gallon!

    Do y'all think I should give the babies to pet stores for store credit, sell on ebay, or what? I can't sell them on here-- my parents are strict. :(
  2. SaltyPhoneWell Known MemberMember

    Feel free to ship them my way :)
  3. eustoma01Valued MemberMember

    I think the easiest thing would be to try and sell them locally, that way you don't have to worry about shipping them out. You can join local facebook aquarium groups or on reddit there is a subreddit /r/aquaswap.
  4. kallililly1973Well Known MemberMember

    Great story! I agree with everyone on here. Send some "our" way :) try to sell some locally and try to get some store credit from your lfs. Good luck!!
  5. FishcatWell Known MemberMember

    I may be in a similar position soon. I found out my two purple mysteries are male and female for certain when I found an egg clutch - part of the clutch had broken off and fallen in the water, which is probably just as well. Waiting to see if the others hatch.