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Banded/Chinese Mystery Snails as an invasive species threat...

This is a discussion on Banded/Chinese Mystery Snails as an invasive species threat... within the Live Food General Discussion forums, part of the Food: Live, Frozen, Freeze-Dried, Pellets, etc category; I'd like to ask the opinion of many of you here about the use of Chinese or Banded Mystery Snails ...

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I'd like to ask the opinion of many of you here about the use of Chinese or Banded Mystery Snails as a live food/accessory animal in your captive habitats.

Chinese and Banded Mystery Snails: Minnesota DNR

Here in Minnesota, we consider both BMS and CMS to be an invasive species. We actually have a lake near here that is infested with these pests. They were introduced by someone irresponsibly dumping their aquarium into the lake, and they have become a real problem. This is a similar story in many, MANY other lakes in the US and Canada. It's always the minority that spoils it for the majority, and there are always people out there that are uneducated about the risks or simply don't care about how they handle their captive animals. I kind of want to take this as an opportunity to educate any of you that may have little experience in this, or ask you to spread the word about proper treatment of captive animals.

I was wondering what kinds of experiences any of you have had in purchasing and dealing with BMS and CMS. Like if sellers have been open or informative about the risks of the snails being invasive, any regulations and the prevalence of these snails in the market.



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I've never dealt with them personally, but this topic hits home for me as well. I lived in Minnesota for the first 18 years of my life, and living in Fargo I still go there on a weekly basis.

Recently there was a story about this topic on the local news, how some nearby lakes are being threatened to be infested with these pests. They said it was probably just a matter of time before they were invaded. And of course they did a public service message about cleaning your boats after leaving a lake and checking for these guys before entering a lake.

Not sure what to say, I wish it was a problem that could be solved without harming the other aquatic life in these lakes.



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A few miles away is Lake Belle Taine. It's a very popular fishing lake near Nevis, MN. Years ago, they suspect someone dumped aquaria stock into the lake and that's how it became infested by BMS. A large amount die off during the winter, though many survive in the depths protected from the coldest temps. Once the lake thaws, piles of putrid snails wash up on shore. I've seen small container trucks hauling it away. What a stench! It's a prefect case for educating pet owners on how a simple act of irresponsibility can affect an entire ecosystem.



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