Apple Snails 2012 Update   

Inside info on Pomacea canaliculata 

 


Snail, Apple
 

Apple Snail 2012 Factoids

Original Origin

South America

Current Origin

Reared in captivity

Maximum Size Four inches

Sexing

Dioecious -- males and females

Temperature

Community tank temp fine  

Attitude

Eats day and night

Security

Carries it on back.  Clamps shut when threatened.

Threats Copper, salt, hungry fish, birds, raccoons

Foods

Any food on bottom

Water

Hard water best

Incubation

2 to 3 weeks

Brood Size

About 100 eggs

Breeding

Eggs laid above water

Gestation Period Two to three weeks
Time to maturity 60 days

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Legal Info:  April 5, 2006 the USDA prohibited shipment of apple snails across state lines.  Why?  They devour the rice and taro crops in our southern states.*  As a result, apple snails pretty much disappeared from the aquarium trade.  All apple snails we sell are Iowa-bred and born.  Apple snails are not considered a threat to our corn and soybean crops.  Plus, there's no way they could survive one of our Iowa winters. 

*Adam H. Putman, Commissioner of Agriculture, January 4, 2011.


We now have many 0.25-inch apple snail pups in the works.  These will take a while.

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Just a nice looking Snail.

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Great eaters of blanched zucchini -- their main food at Aqualand.

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They learn to eat floating food off the surface.

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But they find food faster off the bottom

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Here's a new batch of 50.

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Tried a "new food" today -- butternut squash.  Much harder to slice.

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Even tho I dropped them on top the squash, they pretty much ignored it at first.

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Whereas rosy red barbs in another tank loved the stuff.

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Eventually the apple snails decided they liked it.

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Green and yellow zucchini are much easier to slice.

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They're growing.

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They don't much like algae.

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They grudgingly eat carrots.  They don't really like them.

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Out of all these snails (maybe a 100), most of them ignored the carrots for three days.

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Still there a couple days later.

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Pretty much shredded after a week.

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In the meantime, they've consumed lots of sliced zucchini.

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In a month they've grown large enough to sell.

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When they get fish food, they spread out all over the tank.

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At about the same time, we received 50 regular mystery snails,
Pomacea bridgesii, and their mother.

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We gave them the same foods.

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They seem to grow at about half the speed of the apples.

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And they are obviously now the "blue" mystery snails (pond snail on top of one).

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New batch of 100 with some freshly added zucchini slices.

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They like zucchini.

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They really like it.

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They really, really like it.

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Just to remind you they breathe air.

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New batch of young 'uns July, 2012.

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Ditto.  Same guys.

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Perfectly capable of skimming the water's surface at this size.

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Part of new batch of 200 that came in September 19, 2012.

Last Words:  So you can still occasionally find genuine apple snails.  LA

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