difficult to answer whether the snail would still prove to be a danger to others. seems u have two senarios with sick animals. there are some diseases from which they completely recover and once recovered they prove no risk to others. I think probably 95% of the time this is the case as for the snail to recover it would have to beat the disease out of its system, thus removing any dangerous pathogens. I think occasionally a virus may remain in the system and be combated by an increased immune system. In this case the snail would be potentially a risk to others. But, i do think this is highly unlikely as in most cases the animal would die if it was unable to overcome the virus. I personally would probably think its OK to put the recovered snail back, thou it might be wise to give a time of quarentine after recovery to make sure there is no recurrance. Thats a real shame to hear that ur snail died.. I hope that u will be able to do something for the other poorly snail
My remaining ill snail has just been eating which is a great sign. My fingers are crossed so tightly I'm practically a contortionist. I think if it recovers I will keep it in the hospital tank for a lot longer. And I think I will clean them all out and put one snail in with the recovered one. Sounds bad, using one to test if it is contagious or not but it is better than popping him back in with a tank full of snails.
I aggree with u on that one. its a difficult one.. if the snail recovers its probably 99% likely that it will be fine with other snails. On the other hand I would feel pretty worried testing that theory out. one ill snail has to be better than 20 ill snails.
I have been reading these forums with great interest. I have got 2 GALS, Stan and Lorretta (Monty Python reference!).
For the last month, Stan has barely eaten any food and rarely drinks. He stays far up in his shell and I have put him in warm water to entice him out.
However, Lorretta is a picture of health. She eats LOADS of food and is growing rapidly. I have kept a record of their weights since I bought them. Now, Lorretta is 186g and Stan is 75g! He's lost 30g in a month!
Yesterday, I put Stan on my hand and tried to get him to eat something. It looked like his tongue/beak type thing (can't remember the name!) was missing. I can clearly see it on Lorretta when she is eating. Has anyone else noticed this phenomenon, or am I being ridiculous?!
We had some talk on this either here or on cybersnail [another group]. Hmmm... when you say this, it sounds alot like a snail this teacher had. It stayed way way back in his shell and rarely came out. And rarely ate . I cant remember who it was who had a snail who also had what looked like a broken mouth , but maybe they will see this message and reply. sorry I cant be of more help
Hello, Just thought I'd update you on my poorly snail. I have now isolated him in a smaller tank. For the last week I have put him in a saucer of warm water every night and surrounded the edges with mashed up food. He is still very reluctant to eat but has, for the first time in 2 months, put on 2 grams! Fingers crossed for an improvement