We Have Snails Sign The Likes Of Which Even Gawd Has Never Seen!!!

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Homeslice

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So, I was walking around a lake not too far from my house today. I saw this pink stuff near the edge, and I was like ****!?!?! I walked over there, and it was mystery snail eggs basically identical to the mystery snail eggs that come from my little guys!

So after seeing these, a miracle, I raised my head to look if by any chance another miracle had happened and I could find some more. And, I swear to Shai Hulud, they were EVERYWHERE. This is a big lake, maybe not a Lake Superior, like more a Lake Eerie. And they were literally every couple feed around this lake. Not tens, or hundreds or thousands, MILLIONS. Maybe billions to be honest.

So the first two pictures below are just a couple of the tons of eggs clusters I snapped.

The third one is some egg clusters I gently removed from where they were and brought home.

The fourth one was some of my mystery snail egg clusters. As you can see, the ones from the lake look almost identical, mainly just wider and bigger overall.

So, anyone want to bet on what colors these are? I bet a nice mix of purple, gold, magenta, olive, blue, ivory and mutafukin FRUIT STRIPE IN DA HOUSE!!!!

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Wow that's awesome! What state are you in? Hope you get some to hatch if they haven't started dropping already. Keep us posted
 

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That's a lot of eggs !
 

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Wow!
 
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kallililly1973 said:
Wow that's awesome! What state are you in? Hope you get some to hatch if they haven't started dropping already. Keep us posted

Texas, Houston area. I already see some little snail babies in the water below those contraptions.

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That's a lot of eggs !

Haha, what I didn't take a picture of was another water contraption that also had at least as many snail eggs as I got from the lake, probably more. And that total was literally 1% or less of what was there. I still cannot believe there could be so many snails in that lake and I never saw a single one, or even a single egg sack, until just the other day when I saw thousands!
 

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Cant wait to see what you get
 
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So, I started thinking. Can we be sure these are not apple snails? I know they are in Texas. If they are, is there any harm keeping those baby snails in a 10 gallon tank with my mystery tank baby snails? I would guess not, that they won't harm each other, and can't interbreed, and I'll just remove the ones that get so big they are clearly apple snails.
 

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Homeslice said:
Wow, this is creepy to me... Lol

A billion snails in a lake...

Homeslice said:
So, I started thinking. Can we be sure these are not apple snails? I know they are in Texas. If they are, is there any harm keeping those baby snails in a 10 gallon tank with my mystery tank baby snails? I would guess not, that they won't harm each other, and can't interbreed, and I'll just remove the ones that get so big they are clearly apple snails.
Are these an invasive species that was left into the local water body?
 

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***googles Shai Hulud....lol
Wow, that’s insane, good luck!
 

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It's amazing to think of how many snails must be in that lake. O_O Since it's been awhile...any update? Did they end up being mystery snails or something else? Good luck and, as always, pics pics pics!
 

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Its been on the news here lately. They are apple snails here, and you are supposed to knock them off into the water and then let the Dept of Wildlife Fisheries and Park know about where you found them. They are very invasive. I hope he gives an update, curious minds want to know.
 

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Msjeepgurl said:
Its been on the news here lately. They are apple snails here, and you are supposed to knock them off into the water and then let the Dept of Wildlife Fisheries and Park know about where you found them. They are very invasive. I hope he gives an update, curious minds want to know.
I can't believe they would want you to knock them into the water being an invasive specie in the area. Yo would think they would want you to collect the clutches and keep them dry to avoid them from getting into the water systems.
 

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kallililly1973 said:
I can't believe they would want you to knock them into the water being an invasive specie in the area. Yo would think they would want you to collect the clutches and keep them dry to avoid them from getting into the water systems.
I think that these eggs need to be kept up out of the water to hatch so, if you kick them into the water they would effectively drown. Someone, please correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe that is the reasoning behind why they would have you knocking them off and back into the water. Plus less likely that they will spread from someone removing the eggs and possibly transporting them.
 

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This type of thing happens when people who are ignorant about ecosystems toss unwanted snails or fish into the lakes and rivers. Though I understand the cool effects of seeing something in nature that you have in your tank, I think it’s terrible to see this and I have to say potentially dangerous to put into your tank. I would notify the game department and destroy the eggs you collected. Just my two cents.
 
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Ladies and gents, I took pictures of several awhile back, but I returned them to the lake and forgot about this thread. Apologies. Took this picture last night. The smaller one are actually an exception to the size of most of them, most are the size of the one furthermost to the right or bigger. HUGE. My foot is a size 13 just fyi.

These HAVE to be apple snails, no? Not just standard mystery snails? Or might the smaller ones be mystery snails? Any way to tell for sure?

Thanks!




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Oh my, yes I would say apple snails
 

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Its like hitting the jackpot
 
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