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fish_4_all 07-27-2007 12:02 AM

Mystery Snail Trivia
 
http://i97.photobucket.com/albums/l2...omparison1.jpg

Ok, here is the question. Those that know anything about them tell me the ages and if you can which are male and female from the pictures. I know which is which and which ones are older at least for the most part. I just want to see if anyone can guess. Just the large Mystery snails in the center, not the ramshorns.

Have fun.

(Trishfish, you have to wait for 2 days ;))

tangy 07-27-2007 01:03 AM

dont know much about snails but i cant help it. the one in the middle is a Donna, a chick. she is 1.2 years old, has six kids, right on top is Peanuts. cheerful and happy as can be. 1 year old. right next to hims is Garry. purple shell is obvious sign of gender confusion. 9 months old. did i get any? :D

Trishfish 07-28-2007 10:44 AM

Oh, sure! Discriminate against me!! :lol:

fish_4_all 07-28-2007 12:30 PM

Alright Trishfish, it is all yours. No one else has guessed and I want to continue this thread.

fish_4_all 07-29-2007 12:33 AM

Well the largets one is the male, the medium on above is the female who has been laying the clusters and the purple one is from Trish and is about 10 weeks old or so, thanks you again Trishfish.

I was wondering because I hope to be able to keep record of the purples to see which ones wind up being the largest and which ones wind up male or female.

I also thought it was odd because most of the things I had read state that the female is normally larger in which case I don't know if I want to see how big a female mystery snail could get!

saint 07-29-2007 01:28 AM

i thought i remembered reading somewhere that mystery snails were hermaphrodites? meaning they had both male and female reproductive stuff

Falina 07-29-2007 03:36 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by saint
i thought i remembered reading somewhere that mystery snails were hermaphrodites? meaning they had both male and female reproductive stuff

I'm sure mystery snails are one of the relatively few snails that are not hermaphrodites. Either the source was full of rubbish, or you just picked it up wrong methinks. :)

fish_4_all 07-29-2007 01:28 PM

Nope, definately male and female.
http://www.applesnail.net/
That site gives some of the most reliable informaiton I have found about them yet.


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