The term "F" is used to describe the generation of the captive-bred offspring.
For example, F1 means that these are the first generation that have been captive bred from wild caught parents.
If you were to breed F1 snails then this would make their offspring F2.
If you were to breed F2 snails then their offspring would be F3 and so on.
We tend to focus our breeding and rearing on less common species, fulica and reticulata are some of the most common snails in the hobby and will breed without any effort at all. This has left the hobby full of less that great fulica and reticulata and are usually available on eBay for £1.00 or less.
We only breed fulica and reticulata if we think that offspring will be good for supply.
We have been working on our jade and jadatzi groups of fulica group for more than 3 years now and expect some very good offspring from these groups.
The reasons for culling can be found lower down this page!
This is how we proceed with the culling of snails.
Archachatina snails are the easiest when to comes to culling. Archachatina snails lay in small batches that can be 3-15 eggs on average. Eggs of Archachatina snails are large and can be comparable in size with that of a small bird or reptile eggs.
The culling process of Archachatina can be started at the point of laying, some of the eggs in the batch may be smaller than others of the same batch. In our experience it is best to remove these before they have chance to hatch as smaller eggs will usually lead to runts.
We hatch all of the larger eggs, this can take around 4 weeks to hatch and rarely take any longer. Once hatched, we keep a track of their progress and remove any snail that gets left behind in growth or develops any kind of imperfection such as shell shape or quality.
Once the snails reach around 30-35mm in shell length we then offer these for supply, providing they have made good progress and we are happy with them.
Our process of culling for Lissachatina differ slightly than with Archachatina although the goal of this process remains the same.
Lissachatina can lay hundreds of small eggs in 1 batch, this makes separating larger and smaller eggs near impossible, over handling and measuring may lead to failure to hatch completely.
So, instead of sorting by size we let them all hatch. After 2-3 weeks we then select all of the larger snails from the hatched batch, this can be anywhere from 10-30 snails that are selected as good, these are most likely to be the best of the batch.
Its really important not to try and rear too many of the same snails at the same time as overcrowding will lead to stunted growth, shell damage and generally will not do well at all.
Separating baby snails into groups of around 5 will see much better results.
As with Archachatina snails, the progress is monitored and any that get left behind in growth, develop any kind of imperfection such as shell shape or quality are removed.
By the time they are ready to supply at 25-30mm in shell length there may only be around
5-15 snails to supply from the batch.
We do not add calcium to our snail mixes.
There are many opinions on the amounts of calcium and how to offer calcium to snails.
Some prefer to offer no calcium with snail mixes and others do.
We have simplified this so you now have the choice to choose for yourself on how much or if you do not want to offer calcium in this way.
We now offer discounted options within our snail mix listing to purchase calcium so that you can add this to your own preferences.
All live items are sent using Tracked next day delivery via Royal Mail 24 Tracked or Special delivery for items under 2kg.
However, the next day delivery is from the point of dispatch and not from the point in which the order is placed.
Please check your email and junk folders as a dispatch notification with tracking information is always sent on dispatch or when processing your order.
Orders are usually dispatched the day after order is placed.
We ship live items Monday to Thursday with the cut off point for the weeks live shipping 5am on Thursdays. Any orders after this point will ship the following Monday.
From time to time an order may get delayed in the post and this is out of our control. We will have uploaded tracking to your order it may be better to contact the shipping provider as they will be able to assist you better than we can at this point as they have your items. We are still more than happy to assist you in any way we can and the best way to contact us would be via email info@bugznbits.
Your tracking number is always sent with your dispatch notification.
We will let you know the shipping day of your order accompanied with a tracking ID.
We will also advise and the service used for shipping your items.
If you still can't find your tracking number please contact us firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be happy to help.
Some snails of different speices will be able to be housed in the same enclosure.
Please make sure you understand the temperature and humidity requirements of the different species and make sure that they are very similar before attempting to house them together.
Please understand that different species may breed together and any eggs from a mixed species set up should NOT be hatched.
Please freeze and dispose of these in order to keep the genetics true to each species. If you are not willing to freeze eggs or cull missed egg batches please DO NOT keep different species together!
Snails can lay hundreds of eggs and within each batch of snails there will be RUNTS or Weaker snails. These are the snails that get left behind in growth or snails that develop shell imperfections (either shell shape or shell quality) These need to be disposed of to ensure that these are not bred from and therefore produce more poor quality offspring. Runts can often die without showing signs of sickness and will almost always die prematurely.
In the wild these snails would be eaten by birds, frogs, or any other type of predator that consumes smaller inverts ect so please don't feel bad about disposing of these and the quickest and most humane way is to crush them however we have a collection of frogs and lizards that consume all our rejected snails.
Its also a good idea to only hatch a few in the first place as raising a full batch together will result in less healthy snails and slower growth.
We get asked on a daily basis if we would like to receive these free of charge or if we would like to buy them.
Unfortunately we do not take in unwanted snails or eggs.
All of our snails are selectively bred and if we don't know the origins of the snails or eggs we are not willing to pass these on. If you don't want hundreds of unwanted babies please egg check every time you feed your snails and freeze any that you find. Raising baby snails is time consuming and can be expensive with little or no return
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