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anybody know if this is true about the snails deforming tadpols? I know there are little snails in my tank and did not think they would be a problem.
 
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I was told by a college professor from a college I can't remember now, but she told me that snails carry a parasite that will bore it's way into the egg and then into the tail of the forming tadpole. It will do enough damage to cause deformity in the tadpole.
I will try to dig up that email because it has, I believe, the specific name of the parasite.
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thanks a lot. I dont knkow what i shuould do to get the snails out. I thought they were going to be benificial to the vivarium, but damn this is bad news.
 
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What kind of snails are they? Are they the typical pond snails? I got them in my fish aquarium and they reproduce like crazy, and will quickly take over. I am constantly sucking them out with a turkey baster.
Usually they come in on plants that you can buy for the aquariums. I don't like to use chemicals in any of my tanks so I don't know how to get rid of them other than picking them out, or like I do by sucking them out with a baster. If I stay on top of it with sucking them out I can usually keep the numbers way down.
Hope this helps.
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I have heard in the past that snails will eat your frog eggs...
and I maybe having this problem with my imitator eggs, but not 100%.
All I know is that I have eggs and then they just go missing.
I have heard that the beer traps will work and that is what I am going to try or I just may move the frogs and trash the tank.
 

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Snails can be really difficult to get rid of once they gain a foothold. I introduced a bromiliad to a Viv about a 3 months ago and I did not do a
good inspection if the plant first. I have removed about 30 snails from the vivarium since then.
Aquatic snails can be just as bad!
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snail do carry a parasite but im not sure if it effects tadpoles. I do know that it is somehow transfer to pigs and cows on farmland, and there is a chance of it infecting humans. It is in one of my health books but im too lazy to look for it. Just to be safe i would remove it. Ok i decided to look it up and 15mins later i found that its not safe to eat pork. Could not find what parasite it was, but there was reference of snails being an intermediate host for human parasites.
 
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Coming to the defense of pork

Is trichinellosis common in the United States?
Infection was once very common; however, infection is now relatively rare. From 1991-1996, an annual average of 38 cases per year were reported. The number of cases has decreased because of legislation prohibiting the feeding of raw meat garbage to hogs, commercial and home freezing of pork, and the public awareness of the danger of eating raw or undercooked pork products. Cases are less commonly associated with pork products and more often associated with eating raw or undercooked wild game meats.

mmmmmmmm.....bacon!
 

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Hello.

I believe that the snail parasite that you are referring to is the schistosome, a blood fluke. Then again, it could be anything- snails have no immune system and can carry many parasites. Those bastard snails eat all of my fittonia. I have found no way of getting rid of them except for starting over again with a new viv. I definately carefully inspect my plants now.

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i keep removing a couple everyday but it seems they are here for good. Damn, I didn't wash the moss because I thought anything extra would be good for the vivarium.
 
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In aquariums you can use copper safe to kill the snails. What if you socked the plants in copper safe for a few hrs and then wash them off really well????
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Brian Ferriera Jr said:
In aquariums you can use copper safe to kill the snails. What if you socked the plants in copper safe for a few hrs and then wash them off really well????
Brian Ferriera Jr.
Plympton, Ma

I'm pretty sure I've read somewhere that copper is very toxic to bromeliads.
 
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