jimoo wrote:True enough. They're also illegal to own without a special permit in the U.S. (per the USDA), though I have no doubt they're not tough to obtain.
Good luck. If I were a kid I'd want one!
jimoo wrote:Of course, didn't realize you were in the UK. The USDA of course cares about the invasive pest issue. Sadly though, I've seen many illegal species for sale here in the States (illegal for a variety of reasons). It's a problem, but there isn't the time / money for proper enforcement. Of course, not with the species, but with many others, the training needed to have enforcement agents be equipped with the taxonomical tools to be able to ID species while in the field is substantial.
sidguppy wrote:there are a few drawbacks:
they eat A LOT! and I mean, really.....a fully grown fulica can and does eat enough veggies in a week to make this animal more costly to maintain than keeping a cat.
another thing is they breed and breed like crazy! having a tank with a fully grown Megalodoras to get rid of the surplus of snails is one way to deal with 2000-3000 baby snails each and every year (!).
you can always tell your wife you need this extra 2500L tank with that huge spiny catfish because your kids' snail causes a massive food issue that needs to be solved
Me to Mrs P wrote:Look, these baby snails are taking over the house - I need to buy this big tank to keep a big fish that eat the snails. Is that OK?
the last thing is they're messy.
seen Ghostbusters? the first movie? your snail is a real live ghost and it's tank is going to be slimed in the worst possible way.
they're the Kings of Goo.
best way to keep them is an old glass (not acrylate!) tank; 2x1x1 footer that can be washed and rinsed often.
How come that I was actually thinking that you may have an idea on this subject!
PeterUK wrote:If i wanted any of the large snails I would first enquire on http://www.bugnation.co.uk
there are lots of snaily people over there
pic taken from the internet ..... big innit ?
2. Where can I get some?
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