View Full Version : is my snail dead?

02-18-2008, 03:30 PM
okay so I have some sort of snail...apple snail I guess. Got him on accident with a bag full of empty shells. Anyways, he has always been happy and hungry etc. Lately he has been floating. I know he is not dead yet b/c when I pick him up he moves, but he just floats around and looks...well...dead. Is he dying? I don't want to just dispose of him and have him suffer if he isn't dead yet, but he does not seem to be well at all. Any ideas/advice?

02-18-2008, 03:38 PM
From here.... http://www.applesnail.net/content/faq.php#21

My snails are inactive for most of the time. Am I doing something wrong? The temperature is OK and the fish seem to be healthy.Apple snails are rather lazy animals, they only creep around if they need to. In other words, when they are hungry or want to reproduce themselves.
If they have plenty of food, they will show almost no activity (why should they?).
In the case this inactivity sounds familiar to you and you worry about their inactivity, just reduce the amount of food for a week and see if that makes any difference (also check them at night!).
Another cause could be low temperatures. Make sure that the temperature stays between 18 and 28C (65-82F).
Also there might be an activity difference between species as reported by H. Auer. His Pomacea glauca (http://www.applesnail.net/content/species/pomacea_glauca.htm) is being the most active, second in rank this Pomacea flagellata (http://www.applesnail.net/content/species/pomacea_flagellata.htm) and lowest activity showed by his Pomacea bridgesii (http://www.applesnail.net/content/species/pomacea_bridgesi.htm).
http://www.applesnail.net/content/illustrations/buttons/vm_related.gif 'Diseases' (http://www.applesnail.net/content/various/snail_disease.php) section.
My snail is floating around for a day now. Is he/she dead or what? What should/can I do?Well, apple snails can be very inactive for days (see answer (http://www.applesnail.net/content/faq.php#20) above this one) and if they have a lot of air in their lung, they float (sounds logical isn't it?). Floating of an apple snail doesn't indicate that there is something wrong or that he/she is dead.
To check if the snail is alive, take it out of the water and see if you can get it moving by touching the shell door. If the shell is closed completely, then you can be sure that the snail is alive because once the snail is dead, the muscles are relaxed and the shell door stays at least partly open.
Another way to check the snails is by looking at the heart (http://www.applesnail.net/content/anatomy/circulation.php)beat (only possible with young snails and snails with a thin shell (http://www.applesnail.net/content/anatomy/shell.php)). To do this, keep the snail in front of a strong light source so the light shines through it and look at the heartbeat. Have a look at the anatomy section (http://www.applesnail.net/content/anatomy/circulation.php) to see where to look for.
http://www.applesnail.net/content/illustrations/buttons/vm_related.gif 'Diseases' (http://www.applesnail.net/content/various/snail_disease.php) section.

02-18-2008, 03:44 PM
thanks for the info! I went to check and pick him/her up to see if it would move when I touched it...and now it is on the bottom of the tank moving around! I guess it is okay then. Thanks very much!

02-18-2008, 09:13 PM
Glad he/she is ok. :)

02-19-2008, 02:29 PM
Could be a a he/she/it...:D

At any rate, glad to hear it's still gliding along!

02-20-2008, 12:41 PM
haha, thanks!

02-20-2008, 01:28 PM
From my understanding the apple snails and the pond snails are very closely related and my pond snails float around all the time ;).

And the only time I've seen one dead was when I see an empty shell, otherwise they're alive <said in my best Frankenstein/mad scientist voice>

02-20-2008, 01:58 PM
LoL, thanks Andrew

03-19-2008, 01:49 PM
*sighs* It died

03-19-2008, 02:33 PM
Was it just an empty shell? You don't have loaches do you?

03-24-2008, 12:05 AM
nope no loaches. empty shell, dead snail body laying on bottom. it sucked, it was kinda random. After I posted this he/she was fine and then like 2 weeks later it died.

03-24-2008, 11:31 AM
Dang that sucks.

How long did you have him/her? Maybe it was just old age?

03-24-2008, 11:36 AM
had it for less than a year. But that may have been the case, because I can't think of anything else

03-24-2008, 11:40 AM
From my experience with them (apple and pond snails) their little army tanks when it comes to hardiness. The only thing I've ever been able to contribute to their death was old age.

You planning on getting another on?

03-24-2008, 11:42 AM
probly not, actually the one I got I got by accident. When I bought my shellies they were small so I asked for empty snail shells from the LFS and I happened to get a snail that wasn't empty. I guess it was old age. I was kind of attatched to him though. and he picked up my tank. But I doubt I will get another