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A while back, I collected a few small yellow snails from the greenhouse buildings of the Denver Botanical Garden. They have since multiplied into hundreds. Does anyone have any ideas as to the identification? They have an interesting coloration.

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A newly-hatched snail:

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I love gastropods, sorry I cant be much help on the ID... but I can say if you really love snails and if you have a empty fishtank around, plant it fill it with water get just a FEW peaceful fish, and lots of aquatic snails... they are awesome to watch and enjoy!

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I love gastropods, sorry I cant be much help on the ID... but I can say if you really love snails and if you have a empty fishtank around, plant it fill it with water get just a FEW peaceful fish, and lots of aquatic snails... they are awesome to watch and enjoy!

I might try that at some point. I have added a couple of snail species to my aquariums in the past, but I can never get them to survive for very long.

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Would they be a good clean up crew for like P. nivea?

I have no idea. I originally collected them from a tropical greenhouse, so I wouldn't be surprised if they do well in the same conditions as P. nivea. They seem to prefer moistened dog food as a food source. Also, a constant supply of calcium is necessary for their survival.

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I had fresh water apple snails like these, they can get quite large.

I know these dont solve for : roach enclosure cleaner crew

however they are awesome in a fish tank, if you have fish peacefull or small enough not to hassle them or bite off any parts.

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They're not native are they? If not they may have arrived on some imported plants. There's always the possibility that this species could become invasive if they escape. You should try seeing if you can talk to somebody at the Denver Botanical Garden about them.

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They're not native are they? If not they may have arrived on some imported plants. There's always the possibility that this species could become invasive if they escape. You should try seeing if you can talk to somebody at the Denver Botanical Garden about them.

I think that is unlikely, given that these snails appear to be tropical. Also, they don't seem to take an interest in live vegetation. I agree that it would be a good thing to mention to them though.

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  • 3 weeks later...

What's your setup on these?

I keep them in a small dark container with a moist coconut fiber substrate. I offer them cuttlebone and moistened dog food, both of which they consume surprisingly quickly. At the moment, the temperature ranges from 68 to 72 degrees F.

Edit: Having said that, I think they prefer higher temperatures (~80 F). In the winter, their reproduction and growth have slowed drastically.

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