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Old 12-31-2008, 12:14 AM   #11
 
I checked the body of the snail and no color was observed, only the black stripes....The smaller antennae are intact but the longer ones are only about half the length they were. It ate all of the leaf it was chomping on yesterday, but it took all night. I think the rest of the aquarium doesn't show damage as of yet because it's mainly staying in it's shell...probaby due to stress of the new environment and the betta....I'm currently out of town, but when I get back I'll bring a ruler to the LFS for you Lupin. :D They were all bought in the same batch though...
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I checked the body of the snail and no color was observed, only the black stripes....The smaller antennae are intact but the longer ones are only about half the length they were. It ate all of the leaf it was chomping on yesterday, but it took all night. I think the rest of the aquarium doesn't show damage as of yet because it's mainly staying in it's shell...probaby due to stress of the new environment and the betta....I'm currently out of town, but when I get back I'll bring a ruler to the LFS for you Lupin. :D They were all bought in the same batch though...
Usually, with diffusas, the body can be either dark or light but both colors carry orange to yellow mottled spots. I have not seen one without any mottled spots at all. Lighting and camera settings can influence the outcome of their appearance and colors. Canas do not take more than an hour to chomp down a leaf so your snail is a Pomacea diffusa.

My guess towards the alleged baseball size is that oftentimes, the measurement of the shell diameter is overestimated. There is a possibility they just mixed the brigs and canas together. A lot of LFS know nothing about apple snails and to the untrained eye, it is impossible to distinguish exactly which is which so they come off labeling the snails anything they could hear or imagine.
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