Snail - Light Striped Purple Mystery
Small: Dime to Nickel size
Large: Quarter to Half Dollar size:
Jumbo: Silver Dollar and up
Light Striped Purple Mystery These are named for both the color of the foot (body) and the shell color. In this instance, "light" is the color of the foot. "Purple is the base color of the shell. This is a purple base with a darker purple stripe on a white-bodied snail. The color is best when they are very young. As they age, the purple is less obvious. The intensity of the stripes can also vary.
Snails are very hardy and can handle cold quite well, but they will die if the temperatures get much below 20 F. They will also not travel well if the box gets much above 90 F for too many hours.
- "Caution, PLEASE READ": Snails are not guaranteed, so be sure the weather is appropriate before ordering. We pack them well, but they will not handle below freezing conditions or extreme heat for long. Night-time lows and day-time highs are both important. You should check our weather also (zip 14760). Generally they ship well in temps between 20 F and 85 F.
- Choose an appropriate shipping method when ordering. Priority Mail is generally faster than Ground if you are more than 500 miles from us.
- Orders that arrive after 8 AM est, will not ship until the following business day.
- Preferably, have them sent to a place where they will not sit in the sun or freezing temps. PO Boxes are good. Business addresses are good. Mailboxes outside are not a good idea unless you're sure to get them out right away. If they sit in the sun for a long time, they they can get too hot.
- We caution people to be leery of ordering from anyone who just wraps them in wet paper towels. That is a very stressful way to ship snails. We put them in water, which moderates the temperature and greatly increases their odds of being in good shape on arrival.
Mystery Snail - Pomacea diffusa (formally P. bridgesii), these beautiful snails are an apple snail that 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.