Originally Posted by Hollthulhu
I looove snails! Interesting fact a reader may not know, is all snails are hermaphrodites.. so if you got two, there is potential for babies! :D
Even more interesting fact, not all snails are hermaphrodites actually. Apple snails and also know as mystery snails DO have separate genders which is why so many people love them. They don't reproduce as fast as other snails and if you have a group of males or females you will NEVER have baby snails. HOWEVER...this makes it a challenge for people like me who want to breed these snails. It's hard work ordering in a shipment for breeding when I could get landed with all females or all males on accident and am no closer to my breeding goal. Happened to me at petco, i was going to buy a female mystery snail for my male I have and the lady told me she can't guarantee females as they don't ever gender their snails.
In apple snails it also seems the females grow a little bigger than than males, the theory being she needs to room to produce her eggs. They also do something very interesting, they lay their eggs OUTSIDE of water in one clutch. Apple snails are truly a marvel in the snail world and honestly compared to other snails they are a highly advanced breed. They even seem more active and smarter than other snails, at least what I have seen. Their only downfall is they can get very large and produce a lot of byproduct but as far as snails go they are the top of my list and my boy Nikola Tesla never fails to amaze me....now only if I can get him a girlfriend and breed. :/