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Tikibirds 05-04-2012 09:14 PM

Wild caught snails - what kind are they
Since it was nice out today and not raining, my sister and I went to a local lake to go critter hunting.
we caught some salamanders but set them free and I got some snails and took some home.

Can anybody tell me what kind they are? Some are quite large - golfball or a bit larger sized. The lake is in upstate new york in the adirondack mountains. The only ones I can find online are apple snails but I am not sure if they have been found this far north. I would lie to put them into my tanks but I dont want to give my bettas parasites plus im not sure if these are coldwater only snails.

They look like moss balls so I cant tell the shell color but I recall them being either brown or black colored when I was a kid.

Im gonna move them into a 15ish gallon storage container tomorrow. is there anything special I have to do to acclimate them from a lake to tap water? Do I do the same as if it were a fish?

Olympia 05-04-2012 09:42 PM

DON KING SNAIL. Lol just kidding. :D
They're probably a sort of mystery snail, most snails from around here are either conical or twisted like a ramshorn.

Tikibirds 05-04-2012 11:12 PM

I have been looking at pics of snails and it looks like either a big apple/mystery snail or a trapdoor snail but I dont know if those live in the wild here

Olympia 05-05-2012 09:05 AM

I'd work on acclimation in a separate tank, not sure how they'll react.

Tikibirds 05-05-2012 11:00 AM

I have a clue: They give birth to live babies as there are now three babies stuck on the side of the tank....

I added in some tap water and then a few hours later did a 100% change. I guess they are ok since someone had babies


Apple snails can be confused with snails from the Viviparidae family. The snails from this family look very similar in shape and colour, but they do lack a lung, a siphon (obvious) and labial tentacles (the small tentacles near the mouth). In contrast with the egg-laying Ampullariidae snails, the Viviparidae snails are live bearing (hence the name Viviparidae, which can be translated as live bearing).
Could it be a viviparidae snail? are there any other live bearers?

Olympia 05-05-2012 12:38 PM

Very possible.
Can you rub off the algae?

Tikibirds 05-05-2012 06:14 PM

the stuff growing on them? its pretty stuck on them

Olympia 05-05-2012 06:23 PM

Hmm, I'd keep them separate from now. See how they do in a tank situation.

Tikibirds 05-05-2012 11:06 PM

I stuck one of the small hairy ones into my sisters tank since there is has been an explosion of brown algae almost overnight. In retrospect, using her tank probably wasn't the best of ideas...but I want to see if they will eat algae off the walls. I read someplace that they were filter feeders. I have seen them filp themselves on their back and open up so I suspect they were looking for food.

are all snails herbavores?

thekoimaiden 05-05-2012 11:19 PM

There are some carnivorous snails. BTW, those little guys look like marimo balls! :lol: Very cute

As to finding out what they are, have you looked at the NY fish and wildlife website? They often have lists of species or at least families of wild animals found in the state. If that doesn't work out, you could try to find a NY university that has a natural resources division and contact the invert person there. Who knows; their website might even have a guide to snails of NY.

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