After learning that the PH was too low in my 2.5 gal for snails to be happy in, I decided to drop my MTS back into the 5 gal that they had originally been in. When I opened the lid, I noticed a snail hanging out on the inside of it. At first, I thought it was a MTS, but it didn't have the long shell that's usually associated with them. Then I thought, "oh, must be a pond snail?" Except I completely eradicated those little guys from my tank a while back and haven't introduced anything new to the tank in at least a good month. Besides that, it didn't *really* look like a pond snail, or not one that I've ever seen.
This was from when I initially took the little guy out and tried to ID him myself. Notice his antennae aren't quite like those of a pond snail.
These are from when I plopped him into one of my snail bowls. Apparently, the little guy isn't really a fan of water? Remember, when I found him he wasn't *in* the actual water column, but instead on the lid. I put him in the snail bowl, and 30 minutes later when I went to check on him, he was again above the water line. I've been watching him for about two hours now and that's where he stays - above the water line.
Also, just to clear this up, my water parameters are all good - 0 ammonia, 0 nitrites and 5 to 10ppm nitrates depending on what tank/bowl I'm testing.
These are pictures of two examples of the two different species of pond snail (and a baby!) I pulled out of my betta's old one gallon bowl (which has accidentally been turned into a pond snail breeding bowl; there has to be at least 20 adults in there.)
Both species have darker bodies and long, thin antennae. They also move incredibly fast (for a snail, anyway) and are aquatic. This unknown snail possesses none of these qualities, which is why I don't think it's a pond snail...or at least not one that I currently own.
So, any guesses anyone? Is this even an aquatic snail? Or did I somehow get a land snail in my tank?