Apple Snail

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Description of the Apple Snail

The Apple Snail are a Tropical Freshwater Snail from the Ampullariidae family. They are an attractive and popular addition to any freshwater aquarium. The Apple snail has both a gill and a lung, it is amphibious. They have a operculum (lid) which they can close to seal themselves inside their shell and prevent them from drying out. Active at night, they spend the day hiding in a sheltered place.

Popular Name: Apple Snail
Species: Ampullariidae

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Apple Snail

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Profile of the Apple Snail
This Profile contains interesting facts and information about the Apple Snail species.

  • Size: Up to 15cm

  • Fish Tank conditions: Temp: 18 to 28 Degrees

  • Diet / Feeding: Frozen, Dried food, Frozen Brine Shrimp and Insects

  • Temperament: Peaceful

  • Habitat: Freshwater River and Streams

  • Behaviour: Good addition to a community tank

  • Range: North and South America, Africa, Asia

Scientific Classification of the Apple Snail
Definition: Scientific classification, or biological classification, is how biologists group and categorize species of organisms with shared physical characteristics. Scientific classification belongs to the science of taxonomy.

  • Species: Ampullariidae

  • Popular Name: Apple Snail

  • Kingdom: Animalia

  • Phylum: Mollusca

  • Class: Gastropoda

  • Family: Ampullariidae

Interesting Facts and Information - How do you identify the sex of a Apple Snail?
The males and females of many fish species have different colors or different shaped bodies. But there are also other fish species where there is no visible difference. Its sometimes tricky being an ichthyologist!


Interesting Facts and Information - Why are Apple Snail slimy?
Apple Snail secrete a type of mucus, or slime, from their skin. This slime provides protection against parasites and infections and helps the Apple Snail to move through the water faster. Some fish species also release toxins in their slime which ward off enemy attacks. Other fish species use their slime to feed their young.

Interesting Facts and Information -
Why do Apple Snail have gills?
Gills enable the Apple Snail to breathe. Gills consist of thin sheets of tissue containing blood vessels. As water passes over the gills oxygen is absorbed into the blood stream Carbon dioxide passes out into the water. The gills are protected by a large bony plate called an operculum. Some fish species however have lungs and breathe air.

Interesting Facts and Information -
Why do the Apple Snail have fins?
A fin is an external appendage or "limb" of a fish. Fins are used for directing, stabilizing, or propelling the different fish species in water. Numbers of fins vary between fish species, but there are usually seven. Each of the fins on a fish are designed to perform a specific function:

  • Dorsal fins - The dorsal fin is located on the backs of fishes. The Apple Snail has Dorsal fins to lend stability in swimming.

  • Ventral fins. The ventral fin is located on the pelvic area of fishes. The Apple Snail has Ventral fins to lend stability in swimming.

  • Caudal fins. The Caudal fin is located on the tail area of fishes. The Apple Snail has Caudal fins to propel through the water.

  • Pectoral fins. The Pectoral fin is located on the breast area of fishes. The Apple Snail has Pectoral fins to for locomotion and side to side movement

Interesting Facts and Information about Apple Snail

Apple Snail

  • Interesting Information about Apple Snail

  • Facts about Fish Species - Why are Apple Snail slimy?

  • Why do the Apple Snail have gills?

  • Facts about Fish Species - Why do the Apple Snail have fins?

  • Species: Ampullariidae

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