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  1. JS

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    Hi

    what kind of snail is this, and are they safe to keep in a tank? Seen a few in the rock pools around Schoenies.....

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    Thank you, yes Riaan ID'ed one for me last time as a "Muricidae", as I was sold one by the LFS - this one looks different, and noticed in the pools that they seem to dig into the sand.....
     
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    The Whorls are a lot more defined to be a Purpura. The whorls are more like that of a whelk.

    It is colder water or a lot more south of Natal.

    At best its a vulture, but my money is on it being a predator. Let me ask my snail auntie.
     
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    that does sound more like a whelk behaviour.
    Where is Schoenies?
     
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    Just outside Port Elizabeth.....
     
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    OK, my snail Auntie to the rescue

    Buccinidae - Burnupena pubescens most likely - Mostly vultures eating dead snails, worms or whatever is available. But certain members can also go for live bi-valves and worms.

    So try one out. Not sure about the water temperature and if it will survive higher average temperatures. Will do great in your DSB. Just feed it once a week with a small piece of hake or mussel.
     
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