Please Help, Snail Shell Cracked

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Hi everyone,
This morning my husband came downstairs and heard a snap, he ran over to see what my dog had. It was one of my mystery snails He must have escaped but I really have no idea how. Anyways he is still alive. I doubt he will make it but I want to make sure there is nothing I can do for him or his shell. I floated him in a plastic container for several hours and he moved some so I put him back in his tank. Here is a picture( it is not good at all poor guy) please help with any suggestions or if there is no chance of survival.
Thank you so much!
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Oh wow, I’m so sorry, I have no advice but curious as to what others say, poor thing.
 
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It’s so sad he is trying to come out but as you can tell by the picture there is one pretty sharp piece of shell and I am sure it hurts him
 

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Ouch! Yes I don’t think he will last long do you have any fish in your tank as I expect they will start to pick on him
 

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I have seem videos of people patching holes in shells but i can't remember exactly what was used to do it and non had a follow up if it worked. For the sharp piece maby a nail file to dull it. Keep him on a wet cloth when hes out of the water and you should have plenty of time to be careful what you do.
 

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I've had one recover from a pretty bad crack, but not quite that bad. If you could isolate him from fish, he may have a chance, I'm sorry
 

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Ok, do you have any shells of snails past? Do you have or do you know anyone that has a high speed Dremel tool with a cutting disc? If so you can cut the old shell to fit over the broken shell and affix it with a super glue gel. Must be the gel. If you were near me I could do it for you. We keep all the shells of snails that have taken the long walk in case of something like this.

Best wishes.
 
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Thunder_o_b said:
Ok, do you have any shells of snails past? Do you have or do you know anyone that has a high speed Dremel tool with a cutting disc? If so you can cut the old shell to fit over the broken shell and affix it with a super glue gel. Must be the gel. If you were near me I could do it for you. We keep all the shells of snails that have taken the long walk in case of something like this.

Best wishes.
I do have a couple shells and I do have aquatic gel super glue but I don’t have have a dremel
He is trying to move around but that sharp part is not allowing it. Could I take some small fingernail clippers and try and round that part off some? He is in a tank with one German blue ram who won’t bother him.

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I've had one recover from a pretty bad crack, but not quite that bad. If you could isolate him from fish, he may have a chance, I'm sorry
My dog has gotten one in the past but only made a little chip in the shell and that snail is doing fine now. I will isolate him if it looks like he is being bothered. Thank you for your help

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I do have a couple shells and I do have aquatic gel super glue but I don’t have have a dremel
He is trying to move around but that sharp part is not allowing it. Could I take some small fingernail clippers and try and round that part off some? He is in a tank with one German blue ram who won’t bother him.
Thank you for your help

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I have seem videos of people patching holes in shells but i can't remember exactly what was used to do it and non had a follow up if it worked. For the sharp piece maby a nail file to dull it. Keep him on a wet cloth when hes out of the water and you should have plenty of time to be careful what you do.
I am thinking just a small pair of nail clippers
 

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Nikki2577 said:
I do have a couple shells and I do have aquatic gel super glue but I don’t have have a dremel
He is trying to move around but that sharp part is not allowing it. Could I take some small fingernail clippers and try and round that part off some? He is in a tank with one German blue ram who won’t bother him.
I would try what @david1978 said and use a nail file first. But yeah, a clipper would work.
 
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Ok thank you very much. So I haven’t touched him yet and he is moving around! Should I still clip or file that sharp part?

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I have seem videos of people patching holes in shells but i can't remember exactly what was used to do it and non had a follow up if it worked. For the sharp piece maby a nail file to dull it. Keep him on a wet cloth when hes out of the water and you should have plenty of time to be careful what you do.
I think I got this snail from you awhile ago! I just realized the name.
 

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Nikki2577 said:
Ok thank you very much. So I haven’t touched him yet and he is moving around! Should I still clip or file that sharp part?
Yes, to prevent further injury to the little one.
 
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Lol no that’s right I was interested in your Severums. Maybe that’s right! Lol

Ok I clipped the pointy parts and will hope for the best. He seems like a tough guy keeping my fingers crossed.
 
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He made it through the night and has been moving everywhere)
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He was doing good but as the night progressed he stopped moving and it doesn’t look good I don’t understand how he did so well and went downhill so fast. He is now in a container floating and I am hoping he is better in the morning but he wasn’t very reactive tonight. I still have my fingers crossed.
 

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Make sure to keep him away from other fish, I suggest quarantining him. You can indeed repair the shell.
 
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