I finally have a nice size clutch of purple and magenta mystery snails growing up. They should be ready for new homes in 6-8 weeks 🙂
The first mystery snail clutch hatched today. All ivory babies.
I had allowed my mystery snails to get too old and they stopped breeding. Trying again with new stock and already have had the females lay 3 egg clutches this week. Will be fun seeing what’s inside if they hatch as there is a wide range of colors in the aquarium: black, purple, chestnut, magenta, purple, ivory, gold and blue.
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).