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JAPANESE TRAPDOOR ALGAE EATING POND SNAILS
  
Will Survive in Harsh Winter Climates with Ice Covered Ponds! 
These snails give live birth, and are not egg layers that overwhelm your pond.

 
 


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(Viviparis malleatus) -The Black Japanese Trapdoor snail is the preferred species of water gardeners world-wide. This snail is black in color, body and shell. We ship them when they get close to the size of a quarter.  Trapdoor snails are one of the few larger varieties that can survive the winter in Northern climates. This snail is a great asset in keeping algae under control as they groom your plants, planting pots and watergarden walls. They also cruise the pond bottom and consume decaying matter such as leaves and fish food. Full grown snails can reach 2"-3" long.
 
 
Survive in warm ponds:  Yes Algae eating capacity:  Moderate to High
Survive in cold ponds:  Yes Plant eating capacity:  Low
Breathing:  Gilled  Breeding:  Sexual, live-bearing
 

DELIVERY INSTRUCTIONS: Open the bag of snails and let the bag fill about 1/2 with pond water. Float or hold the bag for a few minutes and then let them into pond water after they adjust to the temperature change. They are not happy campers when they arrive! They will appear lifeless from the shock of shipping like a scared turtle in a shell. They will have some algae attached to their shells as they are grown in algae rich ponds. One or two may get a cracked shell during delivery as they get bounced around like little ping pong balls, but they will mend. We cannot guarantee live delivery on each and every one of the snails due to shipping conditions out of our control. We ship healthy and active live snails. When the weather is hot we strongly suggest you upgrade to one of our shipping options below. We do everything in our control to get them to you in good condition.

ADULT ALGAE EATING JAPANESE TRAPDOOR SNAIL
ADULT ALGAE EATING JAPANESE TRAPDOOR SNAIL

WEST COAST, SOUTHWEST AND DEEP SOUTH CUSTOMERS: The snails are shipped from Mid-America (Ohio). We cannot guarantee the live delivery of each and every snail with our free ground shipping due to hot cargo area temperatures when traveling through the desert, or in heat waves anywhere in the US. Please consider purchasing the 2nd Day Air, or Next Day Air option below if you want to insure they all arrive healthy. High heat encountered during shipping can exhaust and potentially kill snails. Snails have very little ability to tolerate heat; just like earthworms they will become limp and lifeless if left in the heat or sunlight. If the trapdoor that covers the shell opening is still attached to the meat of the snail, the snail is not dead and may have a chance at recovering.

 

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2nd Day Air Shipment for Snails - $28.00

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Overnight Air Shipment for Snails - $47.00

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REMEMBER: These are live bearing snails. They only breed a couple of times a year so don't expect them to multiply fast like regular egg laying snails. Order according to the size of pond you have. In a normal pond, Koi and other creatures tend to eat most of the young. If you see new tiny snails pick them out of the pond and rear them in an aquarium until they get to at least 1-1 inches. In order for your snails to have a positive effect on algae growth you should have at least 25 for small ponds and 50 or more for larger ponds. Farm ponds should have at least 200 to have any positive effect.

WHERE DID THE SNAILS GO? We sometimes get email from people who put snails in their pond and in a few days cannot see them after they disperse. The fast answer to this is that the snails are still in your pond and you cannot see them. They are almost impossible to spot as they are the same color as the rocks and gravel. One way to check is to get a fishing pole and put a lettuce leaf on the hook and lay it on the pond bottom. Come back in an hour or two and you should have snails at the lettuce.

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The snail packages below all include free ground shipping.
These snails will survive in any climate in the U.S.
The only exception would be for ponds less than 2 feet deep that could freeze solid.
In this case you would need to winter them inside or the shells may freeze solid and crack.

 

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25 Snails @ $2.00 Each
$50.00

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50 Snails @ $1.89 Each
$94.50

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75 Snails @ $1.79 Each
$134.25

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100 Snails @ $1.69 Each
$169.00

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200 Snails @ $1.59 Each
$318.00 Free 2nd Day Air

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500 Snails @ $1.39 Each
$695.00 Free 2nd Day Air

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