Zebra Nerite Snail (Nerita natalensis)

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Zebra Nerite Snail

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Nerita natalensis

19 Litres (5 US G.)

1.3-2.5cm (0.5-1 ")


1 - 1.025


7.2 - 8.5

22.2-25.6°C (72 -78 °F)

8-12 °d

1:1 M:F

Pellet Foods
Other (See article)

3-5 years

Alternative names[edit]

Zebra Nerite Snail, Tiger Nerite Snail, Batik Nerite Snail


A-Sexual or Hermaphroditic. (Able to reproduce alone)


Will not mature in freshwater, brackish only. It will make lots of small white eggs on roots and stones.

Tank compatibility[edit]

A peaceful snail, will not bother tank inhabitants. However, should not be kept with aggressive fish that may attack it such as Loaches or Pufferfish.

note: not all loaches are snail eaters.


This snail is a great algae eater. Generally will not touch plants and will eat most types of algae. If no algae is present the snail will have to be supplemented with blanched vegetables and algae wafers.

Feeding regime[edit]

Will constantly graze in its environment.

Environment Specifics[edit]

Needs a spacious well oxygenated tank with plenty of algae to eat. If put in a new tank with no algae present and not supplemented, it can starve. A tight fitting lid is a must, as these snails can be escape artists. If acclimated to full-strength saltwater, they can be housed in a marine setup.


An attractive snail that will not multiply. They may lay eggs, but they will not hatch. Young need brackish, or saltwater to be successfully reared because the larvae need the saltwater's minerals to build up their shells; for that reason, you will have the most success rearing it in full-blown saltwater, and adults can thrive in brackish, and saltwater.


A pretty rounded shell with a deep yellow base colour and dark brown stripes running down it towards the spire.


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