Shipping aquatic snails in ziplock bags?

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Does anyone ship snails in ziplock bags? How do you do it? Do you leave air? Do y’all have pics of how you do it?
 
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The ones I’ve bought come in a wet paper towel (well damp it’s not like it’s dripping) and a little air to full of air.
The turbo snails I ordered came with like a soda cap full of water and a damp paper towel
 
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Mrfister1116 said:
The ones I’ve bought come in a wet paper towel (well damp it’s not like it’s dripping) and a little air to full of air.
The turbo snails I ordered came with like a soda cap full of water and a damp paper towel
Ok. Do what type of insulation did they use?
 
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I’ve gotten some in with no insulation, others will have styrofoam board cut to just fit inside the box.
 
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Mrfister1116 said:
I’ve gotten some in with no insulation, others will have styrofoam board cut to just fit inside the box.
Ok. Would you say it’s needed? Would packing peanuts be sufficient?
 
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A couple of years ago, I shipped and received "Mystery" snails. As mentioned they were in a "Wet" paper towel with minimal water. When I shipped I used ziplocs, after sealed I taped them and double bagged. Then popped into a padded evenvelope. All arrived alive. The key is during shipping "Do Not" want them touching to prevent cracking shells and kept moist.

Good Luck!

*Just a word of caution. Unless "Overnight" the shipping may take double the amount of time normally due to the recent USPS issues.
 
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jmaldo said:
A couple of years ago, I shipped and received "Mystery" snails. As mentioned they were in a "Wet" paper towel with minimal water. When I shipped I used ziplocs, after sealed I taped them and double bagged. Then popped into a padded evenvelope. All arrived alive. The key is during shipping "Do Not" want them touching to prevent cracking shells and kept moist.

Good Luck!

*Just a word of caution. Unless "Overnight" the shipping may take double the amount of time normally due to the recent USPS issues.
Ok thanks. I’m going to use the free boxes. Do I need insulation or will newspaper work? How long does it take for them to arrive?
 
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wtusa1783 said:
Do I need insulation or will newspaper work?
With boxes I would highly advice using bubble wrap/peanuts, the more cushion the better.
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How long does it take for them to arrive?
As mentioned up to USPS, I recently received a Priority Mail package. expected 2-3 days, ended up 7 days. Thankfully it was only plants.

Good Luck!
 
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jmaldo said:
With boxes I would highly advice using bubble wrap/peanuts, the more cushion the better.

As mentioned up to USPS, I recently received a Priority Mail package. expected 2-3 days, ended up 7 days. Thankfully it was only plants.

Good Luck!
Jeez. So can I ship them right now? Maybe if I put live fish and fragile they may speed it up?
 
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Sometimes it has the opposite effect? Heard some horror stories.
I just read last week of clearly marked packages of "Live" animals sitting on the docks/post office for days. And well, you know what happens. Yep, dead.
I prefer not to and very rarely ship fish, and right now I would be very hesitant.

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Some breeders I know have opted for UPS or Fedex instead, a few more $'s though.
 
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jmaldo said:
Sometimes it has the opposite effect? Heard some horror stories.
I just read last week of clearly marked packages of "Live" animals sitting on the docks/post office for days. And well, you know what happens. Yep, dead.
I prefer not to and very rarely ship fish, and right now I would be very hesitant.

:emoji_fingers_crossed:

Some breeders I know have opted for UPS or Fedex instead, a few more $'s though.
So is fedex and ups more reliable at the moment?
 
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Yep, according to some fish shippers I know. As mentioned will be more $'s, but better than the alternative.

Good Luck!
 
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jmaldo said:
Yep, according to some fish shippers I know. As mentioned will be more $'s, but better than the alternative.

Good Luck!
Ok thanks. Any idea how much it would be for the priority male equivalent?
 
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This is just from my own recent personal experience: my mail has been arriving late A LOT, sometimes 2 days later than it was supposed to arrive. BUT, I've ordered snails twice & both times they came in just 3 days, like they were supposed to. They had a "Live Animals" sticker on them & I think my mailman is kind enough to make sure I get the package on time - he even brings that box up to my front door, which he doesn't do with other boxes. So, at least with some mailmen, the "Live Animals" sticker seems to help. Oh, it was "priority post", too, but so were the other packages that arrived days late.
 
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Are you selling snails then? What kinds?
 
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wtusa1783 said:
Yes. Magenta mystery snails as of now and then purple, white, and gold
Cool. How much?
 
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I ship shrimp all the time, sent some via priority mail last Tuesday that have yet to be delivered. In fact, they haven’t been scanned outside of the town who’s post office I brought them to. They’re almost certainly going to be a loss. UPS isn’t much better. I would definitely recommend FedEx at the moment. USPS is about $9 vs $12-$15 for FedEx.
 
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Do you have pictures they sound really pretty.
 
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my snails 7 MTS & 4 diff kinds of ramshrons arrived in some sort of tupperware when I have purchased off of ebay , all diff vendors.
 
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