Most people will call these wild mystery snails and I probably will too when they breed and have babies to sell…but I’m rather fascinated with genetics and think these may actually be dark foot gold striped. I’ll try to cross some of them to gold or ivory when old enough to see what I get. Striping is dominant so it will just depend on what these snails carry as to what type of babies I see in the first generation. They are beautiful and some show a mottled body patterned and most show these pretty orange spots on the face. They are about dime size now so I have at least a few months to wait until they start breeding for me. We shall see 😀
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It’s been awhile since I have actively tried to raise any mystery snails due to space and time constraints. However, I have had 3 egg clutches hatch starting on Valentine’s Day 2/14/20. The babies are ivory, blue, magenta and dark foot purple. Below is one of the mother snails. Keep an eye out and I will post on my available page when they are ready to go to new homes.
How to Tell the Gender of A Mystery Snail
- Find a comfortable spot with good lighting
- Take your chosen mystery snail out of the water (don’t worry, they have a lung and can breathe air — this does not harm them at all as long as they aren’t kept out of the water for a long period of time).
- Sit down and hold the mystery snail on its back between your thumb and forefinger in a slightly vertical position.
- Wait… wait some more… wait some more. In all sincerity this takes an incredible amount of patience because the snail could come out in 5 minutes, 30 minutes or not at all.
- Gender can be identified when the snail comes far out of its shell (see photos below for how far).
- Look at the snail’s RIGHT shoulder. (The left side of each image as you look at the photos on your screen)
- On a female you will see what looks like two holes on either shoulder just under the shell.
- On a male, you will see the sheath mostly blocking the hole on the snail’s right shoulder side (left as you look at the photo on your screen).