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Ramshorn snails 'Planorbis corneus'

Ramshorn snails 'Planorbis corneus'

plants and garden

Regular price £11.50 Sale

The Ramshorn (Planorbis Corneus) is a relatively large species of air-breathing freshwater snail. Perfect for both water tanks and all sizes of ponds, they feed on algae and enjoy ponds with high levels of calcium. 

These snails tend to live around the pond margins feeding on algae and dead foliage, though they can feed on almost anything. They have adapted to tolerate low-oxygen waters, though prefer warmer water. 

They are commonly brown in colour, though they can come in colours of red, blue and yellow. Selective breeding can be done to yield certain colours, though brown remains the dominant phenotype. As a hermaphrodite species that can self-reproduce and have a life span of up to 2 years. For overpopulated water, predators such as fish can help regain equilibrium. 

One of the Ramshorn's peculiarities is that they can swim on the surface of the water with their shell faced down, which is achieved by filling the shell with oxygen. If contacted during a swim the snail will release this oxygen and sink - a reflex developed to protect itself from predators.

As a useful guide we recommend 5 snails per m². 

UK Native

Your snails will be picked and packed carefully to ensure they arrive to your door alive and fresh. Please unpack orders as soon as possible.

During the "Available Season" we aim to deliver all orders between Tuesday and Friday. According to our stock availability orders might be placed on hold until plants are in a suitable condition to be sent or in case you have placed an order out of Available Season. We will keep you informed via email about a delivery date.

Our couriers will leave orders with a neighbour or in a cool shaded area if there is no one at the address provided.

Please note that we only ship to the UK.