All About Snail Eggs
Some types of snails are actually hermaphrodite, so they can produce snail eggs by themselves. But if they can mate to produce eggs, they will. Other types of snails can reproduce asexually and they cannot produce eggs. When snails do lay eggs, they will not be fully submerged in water. They only need to be kept moist at all times to grow and thrive. These snail eggs are usually a cream color with a visible black dot in the center. But they can also be seen in yellow or pink and this depends on the individual species. Whether you see snail eggs in a pond or an aquarium, they are pretty easy to spot.
These eggs resemble a blobby growth that can be seen close to the water. Usually the snail will lay the eggs on any surface that can hold them. Bricks, water plants, floating leaves or anything sturdy enough can be used to house the eggs. When the eggs are laid, at first they will appear transparent. But as time goes on they will turn their own color.
When adult snails mate they partake in mating rituals and they are based on touching. This is mainly because they cannot hear. Before the snails mate, they cover each other in a thick coating of slime. This helps during copulation when sperm is exchanged and the eggs become fertilized. Snails do not stay with the same partner every time they mate and after the eggs are fertilized, the mating snails will never see each other again. If the climate and temperatures are right for mating, this process happens on a monthly basis.
After the snail eggs are deposited, either in loose wet soil or on aquatic plants, it can take a full 4 to 6 weeks for the eggs to hatch. Unlike many underwater creatures that go through changes when they grow, the snail comes out resembling the parents. The only difference is that it is significantly smaller. It does have a shell but it won’t be hardened. The young snail will need to consume quite a bit of calcium so that the shell can grow. It can receive this calcium from the egg shell that it lived in when it was hatched and it should provide the essential calcium needed. But because the snail’s shell isn’t hard as yet, it may not make it to adulthood because it will become food for other fish.
It takes 2 years for the snail to grow to maturity. But more than a few of these young snails do not make it because of predators. They are not only eaten when they are hatched but quite a few other creatures will also eat the eggs. Occasionally, the parents of the snails will even consume the eggs if there isn’t any other food available. Other times, the parents will have a failed fertilization and the eggs will not produce the younger snails. Other factors include pollution and dwindling habitats. Over the last 10 years the snail population has been shrinking because of these things.
Many people choose to keep snails in their aquarium as pets. It is recommended that people who own snails keep plants or plastic fixtures they are slightly above the waterline. This way the snails can deposit their eggs in a safe area. If you do not have a mesh cover for your aquarium, you will need one for keeping snails. They are known to scale the glass wall of the aquarium looking for an area to deposit eggs and if they do not have a lid to stop them, they can easily topple off into the floor.