▷ Caracol Zebra, Neritina Natalensis. Guide Care and Breeding Aquarium

▷ Caracol Cebra, Neritina Natalensis. Guía De Cuidados Y Cría En Acuario

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Zebra snail

  • Scientific name: Neritina Natalensis
  • Common name: Zebra snail, Tiger snail
  • Size of the aquarium: 20 liters
  • Temperament: Quiet
  • Temperature: 20ºC a 28ºC
  • pH: Between 6.5 Y 7.5
  • Diet: Vegetarian, began
  • Length: three centimeters in diameter


El Caracol zebra or Neritina natalensis, also called snail tiger, is a mollusk gaterópodo suitable for freshwater aquariums or even slightly brackish. this snail It is very easy to care for and maintain, It is recommended for anyone who wants to learn to drive in your aquarium snails. As with any type of animal life, you have to know its habitat characteristics to adapt to your needs.


They measure between 1 Y 3 centimeters, They are rounded and are provided with operculum. The operculum is the top of the foot of the snail, disk-shaped lid makes and serves to hide inside its shell. They are pulling orange color to light brown, with few stripes or vertical grooves ranging from black to dark brown, and departing from the base of the snail. You can be found specimens with light and dark stripes more, some zigzagging, even some zebra snails may be entirely of a single color, without any stripes, black or orange, and some blotchy, streak. The snail's foot is light shade, while the snail itself has dark stripes on its shell like.

Distribution and habitat

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They are from the African continent: Kenya, Mozambique, Somalia, South Africa and Tanzania, where you can find them in mangroves and lagoons near the coast, so they are able to withstand some water salinity in the aquarium.

Aquarium conditions

You can enter all type Aquariums fresh or brackish water, with caution not to maintain an overpopulated. So perfect is to have a maximum of two snails per 3 liters of water. The temperature of the water must be between 20 to 28C, with a pH between 6.5 Y 7.5. They are perfect in a well planted aquarium, broadleaf plants. The aquarium should be well oxygenated, for proper development.


Their main food is algae They are growing in the aquarium, so it is important not to get them into a new aquarium, It is better that is already mature. To supplement your diet, and if there is enough algae in the aquarium, They should be offered algae-based tablets. In addition to feeding, contributions need calcium. Some aquarists use the calcium that sell for turtles, others prefer to use eggshells. In any case, They must take snails to an aquarium with clean water, and for a day or night, they are left to absorb all the calcium they can.

Behavior and compatibility

As it can not be otherwise, tenants are very quiet nocturnal preferences. do not eat plants, only algae glass and decoration, also those in the leaf surfaces. Sometimes They may go above the limit of the water, it is advisable to have it covered. They can share space with any type of fish, except for those who eat molluscs.


Reproduction in aquariums is quite difficult. It seems they need a certain degree of salinity and conditions that are not easy to reproduce, but relatively little it is known. Some snails are hermaphrodites, but it is not the case of the zebra snail. A couple needs to try to play and it is not easy to differentiate the sexes, since there is an obvious dimorphism. What if we are sure, It is that lay eggs 1mm in diameter, white shade and hard cover. They do not put them all together, but the van passing scattering. They have a preference for laying their eggs on the surface of the glass.


It is a very simple snail to keep in the aquarium, Splendid to start taking care of molluscs. The recommended aquarium should be at least the 20 liters, mostly because enough power available. As a curiosity the zebra snail has a predilection for the Mopani wood root, native of mangroves.

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