01-09-2009, 11:59 PM
| || | I have a bit of blonde moment in my first post. Corrected part... More information can be found here if not satisfyingly convinced yet. Here's the complete list of what is legal and what is illegal. I don't remember ever posting it here. Legal: Pomacea bridgesii “mystery snail”- these snails are not plant eaters but REQUIRE permits to sell across state lines. Make sure your seller has these permits PLEASE! It is ONLY legal to sell the snails, it is ALWAYS illegal to sell the eggs. Edit: It is no longer illegal to ship these snails without permits.
Malaysian Trumpet Snails- no restrictions
Common ramshorns (Planorbis sp.)- no legal restrictions
Common pond/tadpole snails (Physas sp.)- no legal restrictions
Anentome Helena “assassin snails”- no current restrictions
Nerites- no current restrictions, although there are some state by state broad-based import laws
Japanese Trapdoors- not restricted
Asolene spixi “zebra apple”- these are banned from transport. These snails lay their eggs in clutches UNDER the water line, can interbreed with Columbian ramshorns and often eat plants as juveniles, even when not a mixed species.
Marisa cornuarietis “Columbian ramshorn”- Banned from transport.
Pomacea canaliculata “channeled apple snail”- banned from transport
Pomacea haustrum “triton apple snail”- banned from transport
Pomacea insularum - banned from transport
Pomacea paludosa “Florida apple snail, flapple”- banned from transport
These are just the most commonly seen; there are hundreds of apple snail species. If you choose to house any of these species, make sure to take proper precautions. Educate hobbyists if you decide to share them. DO NOT release them, DO NOT flush them, dispose of any unwanted snails responsibly. If anyone breeds their pomacea bridgesii and plans to sell them, please get permits. If you are having a hard time with the permit process, I would be happy to help. I will be doing a “how-to” write up soon. In conclusion, it IS the hobbyist/buyers responsibility to do research on a species before getting them. If you house species, know what you have, how to identify it, and what to do with offspring. The restrictions that are in place are there for a reason. Your choices directly impact the hobby, make them wisely. Why are some snails illegal? Why are some legal? A lot of species of snails remained legal as they are not considered to be threats to the native flora and fauna especially when the environmental factors such as climate are considered. A lot of species cannot tolerate freezing cold temperature in most places and therefore are unlikely to be a long-term threat but this is no excuse to releasing them in the wild. Illegal species are ones likely to survive even very harsh conditions. The extent of damage they can pose to the local flora and fauna is also considered. The golden apple snail (Pomacea canaliculata) has been banned for this very reason along with many other species that are considered as voracious plant eaters. I have spoken with a few people whose livelihood is farming and they can relate to the extent of damage they suffered from GAS. These snails have been known to trim down more than half of their crops and any attempts to eradicate them seems to prove rather futile as they continue reproducing quickly. There have been attempts to release fire ants which are one of the only few predators of apple snail eggs but with disastrous consequences. They have been introduced in various countries to destroy the eggs which were found to be unpalatable to taste thus explaining why a lot of obvious predators ignore the bright pink eggs completely.