Zebra And Horned Nerite Genders

Discussion in 'Freshwater Beginners' started by codyrex97, Jun 4, 2016.

  1. codyrex97

    codyrex97 Well Known Member Member

    So I have two nerite snails now, a Zebra and a Horned.

    I don't know what gender they are. I know there won't be snailsplosions without brackish water, but I was curious if zebras and horned can even reproduce anyways. And if they can't, will they even lay eggs? Do you need two compatible snails to get one to lay eggs? Like maybe hormones would signal it. Or do they just lay eggs when they feel like it, with or without another snail nearby?
  2. c

    cheese Valued Member Member

    following...good question as all the snails I've had in the past have been the "lay eggs whenever you want even though you're the only snail existing in the tank" kind of snails lol

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  3. TexasDomer

    TexasDomer Fishlore Legend Member

    They might lay eggs, but the eggs won't hatch in fresh water (need brackish).

    Nerites also can't produce fertilized eggs without a mate, unlike some of the pest snails. They might still lay eggs if only one snail is present, but they won't hatch (in freshwater or brackish).

  4. aliray

    aliray Fishlore VIP Member

    If they are female they will if they are male they won't. Mine like decorating my driftwood. I have zebras and tracked. Alison
  5. JFreshwater

    JFreshwater Valued Member Member

    I've only had 1 nerite snail and it laid eggs everywhere. I picked off the ones that I could but I could never get them all, and they take forever to disintegrate…like a year or more. It bothered me to have little white specs all over my driftwood haha so no more nerites for me.
  6. aliray

    aliray Fishlore VIP Member

    I just consider it part of the ecosystem and they don't bother me. Alison:;snail
  7. OP

    codyrex97 Well Known Member Member

    Thanks you guys!
  8. scottishduck

    scottishduck Valued Member Member

    I have nerites that lay eggs everywhere... even on other nerites!


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  9. OP

    codyrex97 Well Known Member Member

    LOL poor snail! It got bedazzled
  10. K

    Kwig Well Known Member Member

    I've got one that is riding on another ones shell 95% of the time. But no eggs. My guess is lazy male hitchhiking and hoping the female will eventually be worn down and just breed with him, haha.
  11. OP

    codyrex97 Well Known Member Member

    I've seen them do that before hahaha. I guess that's one way to get a date.
  12. s

    superbutterfly12 Well Known Member Member

    Wow that's crazy! Makes them easy to tell apart huh?
  13. scottishduck

    scottishduck Valued Member Member

    They're easy to tell apart because I have one each of four different types... but sure, this works too. ;-p

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