I found Heavy Weather with a puffy mantle today. He's a cornu aspersum. I'll admit I haven't been very diligent on making sure they eat protein weekly, because most of the food I've taken back has only had tiny chunks nibbled off - Heavy Weather is the biggest and eats the most, so he clearly wasn't eating any protein. I foolishly assumed that if he needed it, he would eat some. I'm wondering if he will now die because of me. Once I woke him up, his body seemed thick and hard, like he was bloated. This is how my other snails' body felt before it laid another clutch of eggs. Heavy Weather also bred recently, so do you guys think this is the result of a lack of protein, or is he just stuffed with eggs? Thank you for your time.
He hasn't displayed any burrowing behavior, and has been sleeping inside his shell as normal. He doesn't seem to have any difficulty climbing or holding his shell close to his body. I haven't seen him with an erection yet, so I don't think it's close to egg laying time if he is pregnant. Today he spent a great deal of time grooming his shell, which he doesn't usually do. I assume this is a good sign.
Do both partners lay eggs? His mate already did. I never saw either of them with a love dart. They mated inside their hide, and I never knew they had done it until one laid eggs.
My Faitila often has a puffy mantle recently, but only when she is sleeping/sleepy... in another post an expert user suggested it may be because of eggs! I also noticed that some juveniles make their mantle puffier too during some sleeping time.. May be related to winter too (??) .. as you know im not expert and im into snails only from last february..