These are very dark, almost black when young. As they age some whitish areas develop and the purple stripes get a bit easier to see under good light.
They are very hardy and can handle cold quite well, but they will die if the temperatures get much below 40 F in their box for several hours. They will also not travel well if the box gets much above 90 F for too many hours.
Apple Snail - Pomacea diffusa (formally P. bridgesii), these beautiful snails now come in several color varieties. We will be adding more color varieties in the future. The only plant we've seen them eat is duckweed - which they love. A really big one will grow to about 2.25" in diameter. They lay their eggs in a cluster just above the water line, so it's easy to control them. Just remove the clusters or keep the water to the top of the tank. Dark Striped Purple (DSP) have a dark foot with purple shell and purple stripes. The Light Striped Purple (LSP) have a light foot with purple shell and purple stripes. The foot color affects the way the shell base color appears and the shade of the purple. There is a fair amount of variation among the adults. The ivory apple snail has a light foot in a clear shell. Keep in mind that shell color changes as they grow. As it grows, the shell becomes thicker and less translucent. The pigments often deepen and change in hue. Large adults tend to have less bright colors (though not always) and shells with more imperfections.
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