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MYSTERY SNAIL MALE OR FEMALE

Discussion in 'Freshwater Invertebrates' started by chazsgirl, Aug 2, 2008.

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    I KNOW THIS IS A BAD PIC BUT I WANT TO KNOW IF THE THING ON THE RIGHT SIDE IS A MALE PART OR A STANDARD SNAIL PART


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    IT LOOKS LIKE A HORN THAT JUST HANGS OUT. I THINK MALE BUT NOT SURE!
     
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    OMG... LMAO.. I thought this whole time that was his **ahem** you know. well how do i know male or female?
     
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    i added a link above with images showing how to tell the difference. Good luck, they don't always like to cooperate.
     
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    that explains it!!! I saw the pic Female Pomacea bridgesii without the penis sheath. and noticed that yesterday and thought that was it's anal cavity, but ok so far I have


    ahhh. who the hell knows! I quit! if I see eggs there is at least 1 male and 1 female! lol..


    Thanks Msjinkzd!
     
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    Sure thing :) I still find that the easiest way to determine sex is to observe. The males are VERY sexually active.
     
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    Females lay eggs. I only have a female in the tank. Its my understanding if the eggs are fertilized, they look moldy or turn blue. Mine just stayed pink and nothing hatched. So I gather they were not fertilized. She just lays eggs.,
     
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    i thought they stay pink? msjinkzd wanna chime in?!
     
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    I had what I thought was a male and a female once who mated and laid eggs allll the time. I took care of the eggs as best I could going on internet advice but they never hatched! EVER! I always assumed the male was shooting blanks, or I had two females
     
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    The eggs are a pinkish color. About 24 hours before hatching they get a blueish white mold appearance to them, which is the eggs becoming thinner as they are about to hatch. They don't actually turn blue, its more of a moldy appearance. If the clutches are left where they are laid, its very very common for the outer eggs to dry out too much and prevent any of hte clutch from hatching. I incubate mine. Once I am on my feet again, I am going to do a post on my hatching method. There is one stickied at the top that can be used as well. Female bridgesii do lay eggs regardless of fertilization as part of their normal reproductive health.
     

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