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Kristin McGinnis
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Username: handtlkr

Post Number: 12
Registered: 02-2006
Posted on Saturday, February 18, 2006 - 06:25 pm:       

Hi all!

Maybe I'm dense, but how do you know when a snail dies? Mine has been floating around for a few days now...actually, don't remember when it was latched onto the gravel last. I picked it out and nothing stinks sooooo????
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Karin
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Username: autumn

Post Number: 1650
Registered: 03-2004
Posted on Sunday, February 19, 2006 - 04:34 pm:       

I'm sorry I didn't see your post earlier Kristin.

If it doesn't smell, give it some time. Floating is a normal apple snail behavior. Dead snails will float or sink, and sick snails will stay in one place a lot, or float, so it's about impossible to know until the smell gives it away.

You can try pulling GENTLY at the operculum (shell door) with a fingernail. If you get a reaction, it's alive. If the shell opens and the body extends easily, it's dead. If you neither happens, give it some more time.
Possibly, the truest test of one's capacity for compassion, is whether one can love a snail.
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Kristin
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Username: handtlkr

Post Number: 15
Registered: 02-2006
Posted on Sunday, February 19, 2006 - 09:23 pm:       

Ok..I TOTALLY thought he was a goner. I decided to plunk him in my other tank and taaa daaa...he revived...at least for now.
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Karin
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Username: autumn

Post Number: 1652
Registered: 03-2004
Posted on Monday, February 20, 2006 - 08:22 am:       

:-)
Possibly, the truest test of one's capacity for compassion, is whether one can love a snail.
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