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I feel like this is a silly question, but do Snails hibernate?


FishyMandy

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My Mystery Snail, Sherlock hasn't moved for weeks. Normally I can easily tell when they are dead because they stink bad and their 'door' will move when I try to open/push it.

His door wont move and he doesn't stink at all. But he hasn't come out or move from the spot for at least 3 weeks. Occasionally I think I see his door open slightly and I can see a tiny bit of him and he ends up upside down but I wasn't sure if that was him moving or the fish bumping him. Right now his door is really far down and there is a heap of shell before you can see his door, like it's really tightly closed.

Is it possible that he is still alive and gone this long without moving? :S

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As far as I know only a few species of snails hibernate and they do it in the wild. Apple snails can be weird and just hang out in one spot for awhile, but I would not call what you're talking about typical.

If you press on the door is it mushy with little to no resistance? He might be dead if so.

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Nope, it doesn't move at all if I push on it :S It's really weird, I'm scared to take him out if he isn't dead but this is the first time I haven't been sure!

Well if you take him out for a second it won't kill him, they lay their eggs above the water. If you remove him from the water, he should definitely react.

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I've taken him out to look at his door, he doesn't react at all! But none of my snails have ever reacted unless I fiddled with their 'door'! I've never been this confused about a snail in my life lol

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