What type of snail is this and can my axies eat them?

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These little guys hitched a ride on the plants in my Cherry Shrimp tank and are multiplying quickly. I think they may be Pond or Bladder Snails. I'm wondering if I can put some in my axolotl tank so the axies can eat them but want to make sure it's safe first. Have found conflicting opinions online. They are pretty small but want to make sure my girls won't choke on them.
 

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Hi.
It looks like a pond snail to me too. As long as the snails aren't too big (I have seen some big ones with 2-2.5 cm long shells) and your axolotls are big enough/adults, it should be ok. However, even though the shell is pretty fragile, it's still a shell, and it could be a choking/impaction hazard.
If it were up to me, I wouldn't purposely introduce them to my tank, however if they were accidentally introduced, I would probably leave them be if they weren't causing problems.

I am curious whether you intend to put some in.
Post what you decide and if anything happened.
Good luck :)
 

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Hi.
It looks like a pond snail to me too. As long as the snails aren't too big (I have seen some big ones with 2-2.5 cm long shells) and your axolotls are big enough/adults, it should be ok. However, even though the shell is pretty fragile, it's still a shell, and it could be a choking/impaction hazard.
If it were up to me, I wouldn't purposely introduce them to my tank, however if they were accidentally introduced, I would probably leave them be if they weren't causing problems.

I am curious whether you intend to put some in.
Post what you decide and if anything happened.
Good luck :)
They showed up in my shrimp tank. I started breeding cherry shrimp because my axies love them and they had no problem with eating those. My girls are very big, almost a foot long, and the snails are very tiny - just a couple mm's. I don't want to risk them if the choking is a high hazard. Does anyone know of an axolotl choking on a small snail? Do they eat them in the wild?
 
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