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Just Some of My Snails

Postby Dakota » Thu Jul 31, 2014 8:38 am

Okay, for some reason, snails are starting to interest me. I have around 50 White-lipped snails, and about 3-400 Island Apple snails (about 1000 more left to hatch). All snails are invasive to Florida, and are taken out of the wild for a good purpose. All CBB snails are for food ONLY. Not for breeding. I will catch WC animals and breed them in captivity.

Here are some White-lipped snails:
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I ID'd them as Cepaea hortensis. I guess we have really big invasive snails, and really small ones, too! I'm going to try and see if they get any bigger than this (I found them all at this size). If not, they will make a perfect meal size for some Pinktongues that I will be getting in the near future! :D But I just found these yesterday, as I was talking down my street. They were everywhere!

Here are some baby Island Apples I just hatched out:
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It is amazing that they start out SOOOOOO TINY, and grow into monsters! I currently have around 50 adult Island Apples (did have 62, but I've been boiling some off as time goes by).

I have even started selling snail meat from adult Island Apples. I am charging $5 per snail. My first order goes out Monday, and if it arrives OK, I will start posting more publicly about them being for sale.
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Re: Just Some of My Snails

Postby Carnivale » Thu Jul 31, 2014 1:19 pm

Eeeeeee they're so little and cute ;o;

How big do the adults get? At $5 per snail I'm guessing they get pretty huge. :o
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Re: Just Some of My Snails

Postby Dakota » Fri Aug 01, 2014 3:06 am

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Here they are straight out of the canal.
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Re: Just Some of My Snails

Postby Carnivale » Fri Aug 01, 2014 6:15 am

WOW :shock:
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Re: Just Some of My Snails

Postby Roarschak11 » Fri Aug 01, 2014 8:08 am

How big are your hands???
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Re: Just Some of My Snails

Postby Dakota » Fri Aug 01, 2014 8:11 am

Roarschak11 wrote:How big are your hands???

They are fairly large. :)
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Re: Just Some of My Snails

Postby Carnivale » Fri Aug 01, 2014 8:35 am

I hope all goes well with the first shipping, because I have a feeling my Bluey would looooove some big snail meat now and then. Is there a particular method to getting the snail out of the shell?
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Re: Just Some of My Snails

Postby Dakota » Fri Aug 01, 2014 9:03 am

Carnivale wrote:I hope all goes well with the first shipping, because I have a feeling my Bluey would looooove some big snail meat now and then. Is there a particular method to getting the snail out of the shell?

As far as getting it out of the shell, after I boil them, I take them out by jabbing them with a fork, and slowly pulling out. They come out pretty easily after being boiled. Most of the time they come out whole, but sometimes I'm not so lucky. I'm trying to figure out a way to get them out whole every time.
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Re: Just Some of My Snails

Postby Roarschak11 » Fri Aug 01, 2014 9:07 am

Do you chop them up before giving them to your blues, or just let them tear chunks off? I'd imagine they would be pretty chewy!

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