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paxt0n 06-28-2010 01:30 AM

Do snails ever stop copulating!?
 
When I first got my snails, I never noticed them "getting it on," but now it is CONSTANTLY taking place. I literally cannot look in my tank without seeing one of them trying to mate with the other.

I have three "apple" snails (yellow-colored) and one "mystery" snail (dark and light-brown colored). The dark one attempted to lay eggs last night, but they were in the water, so I tried moving them. I don't know yet if they will survive. (I do have about 2 inches of space above the water line.)

Anyway, back to my original question: Do they ever stop? Am I going to end up with hundreds of snails!?
:shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock:

findingjohn 06-28-2010 09:53 AM

They will keep on going and going.

Lupin 06-29-2010 10:36 AM

Mystery snails are easy to regulate. Their eggs can simply be disposed by either freezing or crushing so your last question's answer is no if you choose to dispose the eggs immediately.

paxt0n 07-01-2010 11:14 PM

Thanks for the replies!
 
The mystery snail is the only one that has laid eggs (just did, for the second time today), but I have seen the apple snails doing the dirty. Is it possible that she is the only female one? Or does gender even matter with snails? I thought I recalled them being referred to as asexual.

Lupin 07-02-2010 07:36 AM

Mystery snails are sexual, not asexual however males tend to copulate even other males. Females, on the other hand, don't. If you want to know how to determine their sexes, read this.
http://sexingapplesnails.blogspot.com/

PrettyKitty187 07-04-2010 02:56 PM

I dunno...Hermes was getting lonely last night....sat on the side of the tank and extended this loooong thing out of the side of his shell behind his attenae...glad I don't have any girls in there with him!


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