Among the many things I have learned about snail shells from experience, here are the most interesting.
I have used Garrity for these pictures, who at the time these pics were took would be about 15 in human years.
To identify how big the snail was when they hatched from their egg, all you have to do is find the whitish center of the snail’s whorl. That was what they looked like when they hatched (except they were yellow).
To identify if a snail is still CURRENTLY growing (and I say this because certain snails attempt to form the lip of their shell several times, and it appears they stopped growing but then they try again), find where the lip of their shell would be. If it is yellow, the snail’s shell is not all the way hardened yet; this is also why baby snails shells are yellow. That means it is still growing CURRENTLY.
Baby snails hatch without patterns. In my snail tank, sometimes they never gain them.
However, most of them do. In the picture below, you can see the pattern starting to form.
What happens if a snail’s shell gets hurt? They make a patch out of gray, hard shell to keep their shell safe.
Do you have any questions about a snail’s shell? Please let me know on this post or any other, and I’ll let you know the answer.
The snails laid eggs AGAIN, on their rotting cucumber. However, I think the eggs are going to hatch this time!!! 🙂