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    Default What is This ~ Snail / Hermit Crab??

    I suspect we had a crab pot land on its side ~ it only had one crab and about 2 dozen of these snail/hermit crabs?SAM_0184.jpg

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    it's lemmiwhelks!

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    The hermit crabs search out vacant snail shells. They'll crawl into anything. Pop them outta their shell and put them in a tank full of 1" PVC pipe fitting and they'll all be wearing those in a matter of minutes. Real interesting ones are the sponge coral that has a hermit crab living in it.

    I looked at the pick closer, it's a snail.
    I'd agree with you, but then we'd both be wrong.

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    Just be sure not to eat any of those snails. The hairy shelled ones are not edible.
    "The closer I get to nature the farther I am from idiots"

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    Quote Originally Posted by kasilofchrisn View Post
    Just be sure not to eat any of those snails. The hairy shelled ones are not edible.
    Wow - I ate one and survived. Kind of rubbery texture, but good flavor. Why do you say they are inedible?

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    When I worked at the crab cannery on St Paul in the 90's we were told by someone supposedly in the know
    not to eat the hairy ones they recommended only eating the smooth shelled ones.
    We used to find them on the boats quite regularly and give them to the Phillipino ladies who worked in the laundry.
    Maybe they were wrong ?
    Or you were lucky and didn't get sick?
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    It's a Hairy Triton snail, Fusitron oregonensis, very common to find in your crab or shrimp pots.

    http://www.wallawalla.edu/academics/...egonensis.html

    Note the part about not eating it due to a pathogen in the salivary glands that can be fatal to humans! Maybe if you clean it right, you'd be okay.

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    Quote Originally Posted by akaquaman View Post
    It's a Hairy Triton snail, Fusitron oregonensis, very common to find in your crab or shrimp pots.

    http://www.wallawalla.edu/academics/...egonensis.html

    Note the part about not eating it due to a pathogen in the salivary glands that can be fatal to humans! Maybe if you clean it right, you'd be okay.
    Thanks for posting that.
    good to know I was right all these years in not letting people try to eat them or doing so myself.
    I have only gotten them in my crab pots once and just threw them back.
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