View Full Version : Hitch hiking snail

07-24-2006, 08:30 PM
I found this snail last night about half an hour after lights out. Im not sure what it is but after some searching I think it could be a Triton snail which would explain the "hairy" shell. It looks like a small Whelk shape and color wise but Whelks dont have a hairy shell. If you have any Ideas please help.



Also here are some of the links I used for ID
Thanks for any help

07-25-2006, 07:13 PM
:bump: for Adam!!

07-26-2006, 11:44 AM
thanks gwen.
and rob for the pm

i will get on this once i get home from work.
then i can scour my books.

07-26-2006, 08:51 PM
Last night I changed the water in the cup that the snail is in and I added a small piece of plankton and a small Astroidea star. All three have been in the cup for 24 Hrs.. Tonight I am going to add a Nass. snail and a GSP polyp. If all survive I think it should be safe to return it to my tank sence the only thing I am seeing any loss of is my GSP.

If I am wrong or if I should wait a few more days feel free to let me know.

07-26-2006, 09:03 PM
well, i can not identify it well.

the bottom looks trition- like


thou i keep having a feelign like its is a narssis....

07-26-2006, 09:50 PM
Thanks for the help.
I thank I'll wait a few days and see what this snail wants to eat before I assume the worst.

07-26-2006, 10:08 PM
Keep us posted Steve. I love finding hitchikers, it's like a bonus!

fat walrus
07-27-2006, 12:29 AM
how big is this snail?

07-27-2006, 08:11 PM
how big is this snail?

It's shell is 3/4 of an inch from front to back and 1/4 of an inch top to foot. the snails foot is about 1/4 inch wide and 1 inch long. this it about two to three times the size of my largest Nassarius.

Well 23 hours later and the GSP, Nassarius and Astroidea star are still all in the cup with the hitch hiker alive and well. I removed the plankton as I didnt want the Nassarius to eat it. :)

Im going to have to find some Macro and see if it eats that. Or maybe a small feather duster.

fat walrus
07-28-2006, 01:34 AM
it is starting to sound like a type of nasarius. but i'm not expert.

07-31-2006, 08:29 PM
Well I put a small pice of plexiglass in the main taink for a couple of days when it had a good amount of algae on it I put it in the cup with the unknown snail which began cleaning the algae off as soon as it hit the water. I think that it is some type of nasarius and I have returned it to the tank. Where I have not seen it sence

07-31-2006, 08:53 PM
He did seem to have a snorkel like a nassarius.