Today while doing maintenance on one of my tanks I found my first baby Tylomelania sp. “poso orange” baby. I had only gotten these snails a few weeks back, so one of the females must have already been pregnant as they only give birth to a live snail every 5 weeks or so.
Tylomelania are interesting as they are viviparous, meaning the embryo develops inside an egg inside the mother’s brood sac. Tylomelania snails then give birth to the egg with a fully developed snail inside. The mother and the baby snail then begin to eat the egg to free the fully developed baby.
The baby Poso Orange Elephant snail was surprisingly large, .5″! He is doing well and motoring through the tank searching for food. These are probably the cutest snails with their little elephant noses the wiggle around.