newly hatched baby mystery snails

Mystery Snail Egg Development

Photographs of mystery snail eggs from the point of being laid to hatching. Mystery snail eggs can take anywhere from 10 days to 4 weeks to hatch. A couple of factors that influence development time are moisture levels and temperature. The two egg clutches below were incubated at exactly the same time, in the same container and at the same temperature. however, the clutch laid first, hatched at 10 days and the clutch laid second (so younger by a couple of days) hatched at 14 days. The only difference in condtions would have been the day or two they spent in different aquariums before being removed for incubation.

The newer clutches below were laid early morning May 4th (left – blue or magenta clutch) and the morning of May 6th (right – jade clutch)

mystery snail eggs, less than 24 hours old
Day 1 (clutch on left in photos below). Eggs are laid against the upper lip of the aquarium.
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Mystery snail eggs – Day 3 (left). Day 1 (right – 24 hours old) – The clutches are removed from the aquarium and placed in an incubator.
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Mystery snail eggs – Day 4 (left). Day 2 (right)
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Mystery snail eggs – Day 5 (left). Day 3 (right)
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Mystery snail eggs – Day 6 (left). Day 4 (right)
Mystery snail eggs - May 11th
Mystery snail eggs – Day 7 (left). Day 5 (right)
Mystery snail eggs - Day 8 (left). Day 6 (right)
Mystery snail eggs – Day 8 (left). Day 6 (right)
Mystery snail eggs - Day 9 (left). Day 7 (right)
Mystery snail eggs – Day 9 (left). Day 7 (right)
Mystery snail eggs - Day 10 (left). Day 8 (right)
Mystery snail eggs – Day 10 (left). Day 8 (right)
Mystery snail eggs - Day 11 (left). Day 9 (right) - morning
Mystery snail eggs – Day 11 (left). Day 9 (right) – morning
Mystery snail eggs - Day 11 (left). Day 9 (right) - evening - starting to hatch
Mystery snail eggs – Day 11 (left). Day 9 (right) – evening – starting to hatch
Mystery snail eggs - Day 11 (left). Day 9 (right) - evening - starting to hatch - side view
Mystery snail eggs – Day 11 (left). Day 9 (right) – evening – starting to hatch – side view
Mystery snail eggs - Day 11 (left). Day 9 (right) - evening - The clutch was swished in the water to release the babies.
Mystery snail eggs – Day 11 (left). Day 9 (right) – evening – The clutch was swished in the water to release the babies.
Mystery snail eggs - Day 10 (right clutch from above) - morning
Mystery snail eggs – Day 10 (right clutch from above) – morning
Mystery snail eggs - Day 10 (right clutch from above) - evening
Mystery snail eggs – Day 10 (right clutch from above) – evening
Mystery snail eggs about to hatch
Mystery snail eggs – Day 11 (right clutch from above)morning – The baby snails are starting to chew through the eggs.
Mystery snail eggs - Day 11 (right clutch from above) - evening - More of the little snails have chewed their way through the eggs and are getting ready to emerge.
Mystery snail eggs – Day 11 (right clutch from above) – evening – A few of the little snails have chewed their way through the eggs and are getting ready to emerge.
Mystery snail eggs hatching
Mystery snail eggs hatching – Day 12 (right clutch from above) – morning – More of the little snails have chewed their way through the eggs and are getting ready to emerge. The first baby has reached the water.

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