15

I have many snails, but I don't know how to differentiate between the males and females. Someone once told me there is no male or female; that all of them lay eggs.

Is this true, and if not, how do I differentiate by gender?

19

Snails are hermaphrodite:

Don’t waste your time trying to tell the males and females apart. This is because snails are hermaphrodites, meaning that they have the reproductive organs of both sexes on them, therefore they are able to produce both sperm and eggs. When they are mating they will both conceive and lay eggs.

source: http://www.snail-world.com/#Hermaphrodites

So, if you have snails and want to know who is who when they are mating, you´ll find out that both are playing male and female role at same time.

  • Not all snail are hermaphrodites – Rémi Dec 18 '15 at 14:23
10

the majority of land snails are hermaphrodite (have a full set of organs of both sexes)

Wikipedia land snails

So unless you name a specific exceptional snail, there are no features to determine the gender.

protected by Community Sep 23 '15 at 10:39

Thank you for your interest in this question. Because it has attracted low-quality or spam answers that had to be removed, posting an answer now requires 10 reputation on this site (the association bonus does not count).

Would you like to answer one of these unanswered questions instead?