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    Snail Suicide

    I am new to the open top world, I have found at least 6 snail shells behind the tank in the last couple of weeks. I heard one fall the other day and it was then I found the remains of a mass suicide of the Margarita variety. Why do they crawl out? And what can I do to prevent more mortality?

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    Are you sure they are Margarita snails?
    Nerite snails are a tidal species, and do crawl out of tanks. I've never heard of Margarita snails doing it though.
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    TMM...yes I believe they are Margarita, they are exactly as pictured in this link http://www.jlaquatics.com/cgi-bin/sh...alogno=rc-marg

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    I find all of my snail crawl out of the water! They usually just go up, dry out a bit, and crawl back down! Cann't say that I've had any suicides though!
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    It almost looks like they are consuming the salt creep and get intoxicated and jump right off the cliff.......say....I've consumed things and jumped off cliffs....still here though..

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    Salty Steve,
    I just did a Yahoo search for Nerite snails, and discovered that several sights refer to Margarita snails as nerite snails.
    You may very well have a Nerite snail that was not properly identified.
    Here's a pic.



    Description:
    Nerite Snails are smallish, less than an inch long, with a very rounded shell. Shell coloration is variable and often coralline algae covered usually has some type of stripe or spots on a white or tan shell. The specimen above is mostly covered with green coralline algae, but the natural shell coloration can be seen at the growing edge of the shell.

    Natural Environment:
    Caribbean intertidal waters

    Care:
    Reef Suitability: Nerite snails are good herbivores to include in the reef tank. They remain fairly small and do not disturb the landscaping. They are sometimes included as a hitchhiker on live rock. They add to the diversity of the cleanup crew and are used in conjunction with other snails. They do sometimes have the unfortunate tendency to wander out of the tank due to their intertidal nature.

    Disposition: Mild mannered as a snail can get.

    Feeding: Nerite snails are herbivores and spend the day foraging for algae.

    Hardiness: Very hardy and long lived.

    Temperature: Does well within normal reef tank temperature ranges of 75-84F.
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    Thanks, verrrry interesting, that would explain it and they do sound the same......

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    I have snails I took from the ocean and I am forever putting them back into the tank.They seem to like climbing up and onto the filter and going down the backside until they fall off then I see my cat swating something around and my pug chomping on something then I know a snail got out.It is funny to see the pug actually broke the shell and since then he just barks at it and wont bite it again ...must have tasted yucky
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    I agreed with TM that they are nerite snails. I have 5 of them and so far they haven't committed suicide yet.

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    Geopod...

    YOU HAVE A PUG??
    Hello fellow Pug lover... Any pics?
    Send me a PM so we don't hijack this thread.
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