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Old 12-02-2012, 09:42 AM   #1 
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assasin snail cannibals

got 3 assasin snails 3 days ago,ever since 2 days ago 2 of the snails are constantly stuck to each other, both of the snails shells have big white patch on,looks like maybe the shell is gone or its chipped,i cant tell if they are mating or if one is eating the other, one of them seems to be on the others back,ive seen pics of them mating and they look like they mate belly to belly not one on the back of the other,i seperated them yesterday and some whiteish cloudy material came of one of them,im not sure of this is sperm or was some decaying half eaten snail material,they both seem to be alive as after i seperated them last night them moved about 6 inches and were back on top of each other within an hour.

any idea whats goin on
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Old 12-02-2012, 09:48 AM   #2 
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My three assassin snails leave eachother alone.
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Old 12-02-2012, 10:55 AM   #3 
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The cloudy white goo might be that one is dead.. Assassin snails are not cannibals though, I don't know why one would eat the other. Were they being fed at the store? What do you feed them?
When one of my nerites died it released all kinds of white stinky goo. When snails die you can smell them o-o
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Assassin snail suck there prey guts out and eat them.
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Old 12-02-2012, 11:12 AM   #5 
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Yes but it is counter-evolutional (is that even a word?) for them to eat their own species. The only assassins at risk of getting eaten are babies and they stay under the sand for a few months until they reach a certain size.
Are they eating at all?? Offer some frozen bloodworms. Mine LOVE blooworms and I can see if anyone is alive/healthy based on feeding because they all emerge and gobble up the worms.
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Old 12-02-2012, 11:21 AM   #6 
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Mnay species will eat eachother. Even humans.
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Old 12-02-2012, 11:31 AM   #7 
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But that is not the point. I am waiting on the OP to come back before we go any further.
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I am pointing out it is not counter evolutionary to eat eachother.
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Old 12-02-2012, 12:07 PM   #9 
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I could see them maybe eating each other if they're starving and there's no other option. If they have access to prey, they are probably mating.
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Mine are eating flakes.
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