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    Now THAT's a snail.

    A few of you saw this monster while you were at our house a couple of weeks ago. Here's a picture of the bottom of this giant snail. This thing is a bulldozer but man, can it eat algae.



    Anyone know what it is?

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    That's huge. I use to have a snail that big before and it was a trocchus. Does the shell look like one of them?
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    It's not a trochus. You'd be able to see the black tissue on the margins. And they have striations on their foot.
    Pretty big though.
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    I would have to say it looks like your hand. :b13:
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    Quote Originally Posted by pwall View Post
    I would have to say it looks like your hand. :b13:
    Scroll right.

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    Possibly a mexican turbo snail,they grow quite lg and can consume a lot of algae.

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    I looks like a Cowrie snail?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alex260g View Post
    I looks like a Cowrie snail?
    It's a snail with a conical shell. The shell is smooth and striped.



    The small shells you see in the picture and the normal sized snails you get from the LFS (or in my case Patrick.) Aren't they cute?

    This guy is a real monster.

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    Quote Originally Posted by frederick View Post
    That's huge. I use to have a snail that big before and it was a trocchus. Does the shell look like one of them?
    i think you're right, to be more specific it looks to be a zebra strip turbo ( Trochus sp. ) from belize and if i remeber correctly they can reach up to 6" in diameter :b13:
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    Quote Originally Posted by a4twenty View Post
    i think you're right, to be more specific it looks to be a zebra strip turbo ( Trochus sp. ) from belize and if i remeber correctly they can reach up to 6" in diameter :b13:
    I would guess that this one is 2 1/2" at its widest. This thing can plow through algae like you wouldn't believe. The path it clears on the glass is easily 2" across.

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