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Live Invertebrates >> Molluscs


Banana Slugs

Banana SlugsThe banana slug (Ariolimax) is a genus of mollusk, although when used in the context of a species banana slug usually refers to the Pacific banana slug (Ariolimax columbianus). Banana slugs are usually bright yellow (somewhat resembling a banana) although they may also be green, brown, or white. The Pacific banana slug is the second-largest species of slug in the world, growing up to 25cm (9.8 inches) long (the largest slug is Limax cinereoniger of Europe, which can reach 30 cm (12 inches) in length). It is native to the forest floors along the Pacific Coast of North America.

Banana slugs are decomposers. They process leaves, animal droppings, and dead plant material, and then recycle them into soil. They seem to have a fondness for mushrooms, and they spread seeds and spores when they eat. They move relatively slowly since banana slugs, like all slugs, have only one muscular foot.

Slugs use two pairs of tentacles, termed eye-stalks, to sense their environment. The larger pair is used to detect light or movement. The second pair is used to detect pheromones. The tentacles can retract and extend themselves to avoid damage from leaves and twigs.

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Description Price SelectQuantity
Banana Slug - Each $ 7.00
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Land Snails (Live)

Land Snails (Live)

If you are outside California you need to have a USDA permit to receive land snails. Please contact us for a USDA permit application PPQ 526 or go online and apply via ePermits at www.aphis.usda.gov

The name snail applies to most members of the molluscan class Gastropoda that have coiled shells. Snails are found in freshwater, marine, and terrestrial environments. Most are of herbivorous nature, though a few land species and many marine species may be omnivores or carnivores. Other gastropods, which lack a conspicuous shell, are commonly called slugs, and are scattered throughout groups that primarily include snails.

While most people are familiar with only terrestrial snails, the majority of snails are not terrestrial. Snails with lungs belong to the group Pulmonata, while those with gills form a paraphyletic group.

Description Price SelectQuantity
Land Snails - Class 16 $ 10.40
Land Snails - Class 18 $ 11.70
Land Snails - Class 24 $ 15.60
Land Snails - Class 50 $ 29.00
Land Snails - Class 100 $ 56.00
Land Snails - Class 12 $ 7.80
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Mussel Freshwater (Live)

Mussel Freshwater (Live)

The term mussel is used for several families of bivalve mollusks inhabiting lakes, rivers, and creeks, as well as intertidal areas along coastlines worldwide.

The freshwater mussels (several allied families, the largest being the Unionidae) and saltwater mussels (family Mytilidae) are not thought to be immediate relatives and are grouped in different subclasses, despite some similarities in appearance.

Description Price SelectQuantity
Mussel Freshwater - Class 12 $ 12.00
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Pond Snails

Description Price SelectQuantity
Pond Snails - Class 18 $ 8.10
Pond Snails - Class 30 $ 10.50
Pond Snails - Class 50 $ 17.50
Japanese Trapdoor Pond Snails - Each $ 2.00
Pond Snails - Class 12 $ 5.40
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Ramshorn Snail

Ramshorn SnailThe term ramshorn snail is used in the aquarium trade to describe any kind of snail whose shell spiral forms tight whorls. Such shells resemble a coil of rope, or (as the name suggests) a ram's horn.

Most of these snails are of the family Planorbidae. Their blood–like human blood–contains hemoglobin, which may lend these snails a bright reddish color. These ramshorn snails breathe air. Although most are extremely small, some may reach a size of two and a half centimeters (one inch). The shells range from translucent through various shades of brown to a dark, nearly black color. The dark color appears to originate from dietary materials not generally available in the home aquarium, although many varieties from ponds will be this dark shade.

Description Price SelectQuantity
Ramshorn Snails - Class 12 $ 7.08
Ramshorn Snails - Class 50 $ 25.00
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Niles Biological, Inc.
9298 Elder Creek Road
Sacramento, CA 95829
(916) 386-2665