Originally Posted by Mistress
how can you tell when the apple snail dies? .. my bf got one and put it in his 10g planted tank .. and it was fine and moving around for like a few days .. then it went in it's shell and hasn't moved at all since .. it's been like that for 2 weeks
Sometimes snails will spend a fair amount of time hiding in their shell.
Two major ways to tell if it's still alive. If it's in the shell, the operculum should be tightly closed. Or if it's not, and there's a teeny bit of snail peeking out, touch it lightly; he should react to that and probably pull the operculum closed the rest of the way. When a snail dies the muscle that operates the operculum relaxes so they tend to hang out of the shell a bit.
The other major way to tell is..unpleasant to say the least. Smell it. From what I've been told, dead snails have an unmistakable smell when they die. I couldn't tell ya what it smells like because when I lost my snail the rest of my fish turned him into escargot so there was nothing left. :(