Florida Apple Snail (Pomacea paludosa)

Order: Architaenioglossa
Family: Ampullariidae
Genus: Pomacea (pom-AY-see-a) (Info)
Species: paludosa (pal-oo-DOH-sa) (Info)


This bug has been reportedly found in the following regions:

Bartow, Florida
Lutz, Florida
Ocoee, Florida
Okeechobee, Florida
Titusville, Florida
West Palm Beach, Florida
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Members' Notes:


On Sep 21, 2008, mikeyb44 from Myrtle Beach, SC wrote:

Pomacea canaliculata one of the top 100 (#73) most invasive species in the world. These snails can destroy senitve eco systems,and spread diseases to humans. Apple snails,once introduced are almost impossable to erraticate. many states have a Quarantine on such snails. These snails are best left in the Aquarium or better yet thier own native habitat . these large snails are very very bad news.The smaller florida species Pomacea paludosa as stated by paulzie 32 is a native to florida and occures natrually in many ponds. Its not smart to release any (pet) non native species into the wild.


On Dec 6, 2007, paulzie32 from Lutz, FL wrote:

Pomacea paludosa may NOT be the snail you are both thinking of. They are almost never seen in the pet trade, are a Florida Native, are not collected or bred commercially and do NOT do well in captivity. The RARELY ever breed in captivity if they even survive long enough. When they do lay eggs outdoors, they usually will lay up to (maybe) Fifty (50) fairly large white (to a very light pink) eggs about the size of a pea or so. Most of the babies will not survive to adulthood.
As for food, they only eat dead or decaying plant matter and some types of algae.
They have never become a pest anywhere they have been and are rarely even seen in "the wild" as they like the mud.

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On May 18, 2007, Two_and_a_cat from Titusville, FL wrote:

These guys are hard to control once they find a place they like... you wind up egg-hunting all the time. They lay more eggs than my fish can eat (and we have 20). They eat good vegatation in ponds as well as slime and algae. They need to stay in the swamps and river basins and stay prey for the apple snail kites!
I don't now how the first one got to my pond, but I have removed them all and taken them to my brother's in South FL. He took them. I'm glad.


On Apr 3, 2007, ilovejesus99 from Baytown, TX (Zone 9b) wrote:

These are fascinating snails. They get as big as an apple and keep a fish tank or a pond interesting and clean. I want to get a few for my 135 gallon fish tank.

We only see them occassionally in a petstore.