How Long Does It Take For Snail Eggs To Hatch?

If you’re planning to place an aquarium at home, then for sure, you’re into buying fishes, corals, water plants, and maybe, snails. I got one at a corner in my living room, pretty enough to watch especially when I need a breather for the day. I like to see those tiny snails sticking on the walls, and slowly move to another place.

Snails help in keeping algae in check. Algae grow fast. I want my snails to multiply faster. So, How long does it take for snail eggs to hatch?

freshwater/aquarium snails

Plenty of freshwater snails are available to choose from for your aquarium. Check the stores, and you’ll find a variety of them ranging from different colors and sizes. The bestseller is the apple snails that could get big up to 6 inches in diameter.


Snails are like roombas for your fish tank - Photo By ThatsABigIf

I bought the Ramshorn snails since I like their blue and pink colors. They look lovely inside the green view of my aquarium. I know that snail lifespan is just a year or two. But I believe that taking good care of my aquarium environment may prolong it.

  1. I learned that the higher the temperature in my tank accelerates more the snail’s metabolism. Faster metabolism may be advantageous for you, but for these poor snails, this means a quicker rate to die. To give you an idea, the ideal water temperature that you need to maintain in your tank is about 75 degrees.
  2. As aquarium snail’s metabolism goes down, they will live longer. Let’s say about 7 years as an average. However, make sure never letting your water temperature drop below 50 degrees. If it does, your snails will die in a few days.

how long does it take for snail eggs to hatch?

Actually, when fertilized, snail lays the eggs, and they hatch between two and four weeks after. Although it’s dependent on the species you have and the condition of your aquarium. It’s best to leave the eggs where their mom lays them so they can hatch naturally.


Apple Snail Eggs - Via Wikimedia

Other occupants in the tank like fishes love to eat eggs. So, the need to move them to a safer place is vital. The eggs are milky and soft when laid, but becomes hard and changes color in a few hours.

Moving eggs is a delicate process. Since they are vulnerable, most likely, you’ll damage more of them when you’re done relocating. However, for better hatchability, relocating the eggs are necessary.

It is important to know that when snails lay their eggs above the waterline, you must not transfer them underneath. You will drown the embryos in doing so. There are also snails that lay eggs underwater, and other species incubate them inside their shell. I have a video showing egg snails hatching that I want to share with you:

life cycle of freshwater snails


  • Do you know the meaning of hermaphrodites? Hermaphrodites mean an organism has both male and female reproductive organs, like the snails. It’s interesting to learn that a snail can fertilize its own eggs and breed by itself.
  • However, it doesn’t mean they can’t reproduce together. By just pressing the front part of their feet together and shooting sperm-filled projectiles into each other, they can do it as well. In fact, snails can do this starting one year of age.
  • Eggs

  • The mating and self-fertilizing take around two weeks before the snail starts to lay their eggs. They usually burrow a hole underneath to lay and hide the eggs safely. It’s impressive that they can lay about 75 eggs at a time.
  • At first, the eggs are enclosed together in a jelly-like sac before the snail brings all the eggs with it. In about 4 weeks, the eggs hatch and leave their mother. One snail roughly lay a thousand eggs in its whole lifetime.
  • Food

  • Right after hatching, the newly born snails look for food to feed. In fact, the first ever food that they eat is their eggshells after they’re hatched. Snails are omnivores, feasting on algae, small plants, or mineral from rocks.
  • Are you surprised to learn that snails have thousands of small teeth on their tongue called radula? They’re all strong enough to grind the rocks and absorb them for nutrients. They can eat microscopic organisms too.
  • Habitat

    Freshwater snails live long in water, maybe in a pond or your tank. They can go to land as well, but when not put back into the waters before it dries up, they will die.

    how to hatch snail eggs?

    Snails are not just a nice sight in your beautiful aquarium but could be a good source of income as well. In case you’re interested in some business ventures, or just helping out how to hatch snail eggs for your pond, you might want to know how.

    You will notice that aquatic snails lay their eggs usually at the edge of your tank, above water. It looks like a white or pink substance stuck on your aquarium wall. All you need to do is to learn how to take care of the aquatic eggs.

    • It’s best to place a net breeder for the snails to keep them from harm when inside your tank. The fish loves to snacks on those chewy eggs!
    • If you don’t have a net breeder, move them to a separate container ensuring safety. This will increase their chance to survive.
    • Keep them moist regularly. Dry and crusty eggs mean it’s already dead.
    • When the right time comes, gently scrape the eggs into the breeder, and swish them around the water to dissolve. Watch the baby snails come out.
    • When the baby snails are already 1 cm in size, you can place them back into your aquarium.


    How long does it take for snail eggs to hatch? Depending on the species and the environment, it usually takes about 4 weeks before hatching. It’s fascinating to learn that these little creatures are not just decorations in your tank but also helps control the algae problem by eating them.

    I’ve learned that there is plenty to know if you just start taking an interest even to the most natural sight around you. I hope you think the same as well.

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