Chinese Trapdoor Snail


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Offering Chinese Trapdoor Snail (Cipangopaludina chinensis).

The Chinese trapdoor snail, or Chinese mystery snail as it’s also known by, is a larger freshwater snail in the aquarium trade so named for its ability to pull closed its operculum, a plate that protects its soft body to prevent harm from predators and avoid drying out.

Growing to a size of approximately 2 inches, this snail prefers slow moving water, where it can dredge through soft muddy substrates and prefers water temperatures between 20 – 28 degrees.

Perhaps its most valuable attributes, are that while being entirely peaceful it’s known not to eat aquarium plants, they are relatively long lived (4 – 5 years), they will not overpopulate an aquarium and will close up their shells if there is a problem with water quality. This can prove very cost effective for rectifying problems before more valuable stock such as rare fish are affected.

The image used above is for illustration purposes only. Please click here to see the snail’s profile explaining the keeping and breeding conditions for this species. We offer free shipping. Please carefully check our Delivery Conditions before you place an order.