1 year ago#1
SumthingsFishie
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Apple Snail question!! I'm thinking about raising Cana apple snails but they are illegal to ship or possess in some states (CA, FL, TX, major rice states). Does anyone know if it's LEGAL to see these snails ONLY within my state, OH? I can't find anything on the Dept of Ag. The only snails shown that are invasive for OH is the Zebra Mussel. Does anyone know?

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1 year ago#2
Goldibug
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I'd call the department of agriculture and see if they have any information on file or if they could direct you to another department that would. Someone there has got to know something.

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1 year ago#3
SumthingsFishie
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Thanks Goldibug! I think that's what I'll have to do. I just don't want to be selling canas illegally and then get a knock on the door!

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1 year ago#4
Goldibug
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It was so sad when the USDA cracked down on snail breeding. They came to breeders homes and dumped bleach in their tanks to kill all the snails. They even asked to use the breeders bleach. One women told them if they wanted to bleach her tanks they better go buy some at the store because she wasn't donating. Sadly they did Applesnail.net has more horror stories of breeders being hunted down by the USDA.

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1 year ago#5
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In some environments, mystery snails can become invasive and destroy native wildlife habitats. That's a good reason for never putting anything from your aquarium into a natural pond, stream, etc.

With respect to legalities, mystery snails and their eggs are regularly sold on Aquabid, and I have never seen any sort of interstate shipping restrictions on them. Of course, Goldibug is correct about checking applicable laws. In Arizona, the game and fish department is one regulating agency. You may be able to check local laws on the net.

Please let us know what you find.

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1 year ago#6
Snarggle
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I wonder what they taste like;o)

On reports of invasive species, Apple snails were imported to Tailand for food for the poor. they escaped and destroyed rice crops...

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1 year ago#7
SumthingsFishie
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I'll see what I can find out. Thanks everyone for your imput

PS- No escargot for me. Yuck! lol

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1 year ago#8
SumthingsFishie
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Goldibug wrote:
It was so sad when the USDA cracked down on snail breeding. They came to breeders homes and dumped bleach in their tanks to kill all the snails. They even asked to use the breeders bleach. One women told them if they wanted to bleach her tanks they better go buy some at the store because she wasn't donating. Sadly they did :cry: Applesnail.net has more horror stories of breeders being hunted down by the USDA.


How sad....This makes me want to cry! I cannot believe how heartless people are. I know they are snails but geez!!
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1 year ago#9
SumthingsFishie
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johnarthur wrote:
In some environments, mystery snails can become invasive and destroy native wildlife habitats. That's a good reason for never putting anything from your aquarium into a natural pond, stream, etc.

With respect to legalities, mystery snails and their eggs are regularly sold on Aquabid, and I have never seen any sort of interstate shipping restrictions on them. Of course, Goldibug is correct about checking applicable laws. In Arizona, the game and fish department is one regulating agency. You may be able to check local laws on the net.

Please let us know what you find.:)


Thanks Jonarthur! I received a call from the Department of Ag for my state and they said they do not have any restrictions on apple snails in OH. They said I can call the USDA for verification. I'm glad OH is okay for apples. Plus, our winters are so cold anyway. No apple would survive an OH winter if one were to escape.
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1 year ago#10
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Mystery/apple snails are sensitive to water parameters like temperature, so they probably cannot live in Ohio lakes and streams. I recently bought a clutch of mystery snail eggs on Aquabid, and they hatched.

Several of us have been posting about a special food that makes them grow healthy shells. Goldibug has the details, and the snails really love the stuff.

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1 year ago#11
Amber
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They do indeed. I experimented with a recipe using blanched pureed spinach which is very high in calcium as well and they love it.

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1 year ago#12
SumthingsFishie
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Good to know! I currently feed all of my P. Diffusa (apple snails/mystery snails) organic greens, black and blood worms along with New Life Spectrum pellet food. I also keep them in calcium rich hard water.

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1 year ago#13
johnarthur
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The only baby food we had around the house was some strained carrots. The baby mystery snails love the stuff, but spinach may be better. I also added some flake food into the mix along with the Knox gelatin and unflavored Tums.

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