I bought an snail about two months ago. After some initial doubts, the snail wandered freely in the tank. Issue is, I read they weren't hermaphrodite, so mine wouldn't have been able to spawn, but after a while I noted several "spots" that I initially took for incrustrations until there were a lot of them, they moved and I noted tiny gray shells scattered on plants and other surfaces. I have even seen red clusters of eggs hanging from the snail. Is it possible for the snail to be a female which was fertilized before I bought it? Are snails capable of both sexual and asexual reproduction or what I bought simply isn't an apple snail? It has thrived and it is has even grown.
I wouldn't bother by this but my betta Memín got bloated on the stomach (no dropsy, as there weren't pinecone scales) along time and finally passed away after being unable to swim properly in his last days. What is thrilling me is the possibility he may have eaten some baby snails and succumbed unable to digest the shells. I doubt it, because he had rejected pellets that were too hard for his taste and the infamous blackworms people have reported (which I never fed to him) at least must feel soft enough for bettas to be confident enough to swallow.
Have any of you had issues regarding apple snails with your bettas? Is it normal for apple snails to reproduce a lot without a partner? I want to know since I'm probably purchasing another betta in the future and if necessary I will dump the snail and get rid of all of his spawn.