Introduction: How to Care for Your Pet Garden Snails!(garden Snails Only)

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Tired of your old pet? Want a new one? Why dont you get a snail farm or just one snail? They are soooooooooooo easy and are VERY cheap almost free to keep!! 3 of the pictures below are of my snailarium and snails!!

Step 1: Finding the Right One.

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Ok, so you want a snail? Good!! :) Ok so go into your garden and you will be most likely to find a snail or two. Now I have lots of snails but I recommend taking time and just collecting snails, which is what I do. I like big snails but still have tiny ones too!! I keep them separete from the big ones in different boxes. So anyway, just do that. >>

Step 2: Housing and Feeding Your Snail.

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So you've foung the snail you want? Thats great! The next step is housing and feeding. Now I keep mine in a small plastic aquarium which I bought for �pet shop. First get soil or garden soil. If you get the soil from your garden make sure you put it in a box and bake it in the oven for 20 mins. so you can kill any harmful bugs and bacteria. When thats done put about 2inches of the soil in the bottom of the snailarium. Next get some artificial plants and some real plants. Get the arificial plants from a fish tank if you have pet fish but dont go buying them if you dont! If you dont, then just get some real plants from your garden, (ie. ivy, grass, ect.). For decor I recommend a small plastic plant pot with a little hole to fit your snails through to hide. I put grass under it. Also put grass under the food to keep it clean. For food: I know snails love lettuce! And kind of lettuce but dont buy it if you dont have any. Instead use bits of fruit and veg. scraps and leaves from the garden. Snails are herbivours.
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Step 3: Other Things You Need to Know.

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Snails live in a dark damp environment and cant be too hot so I would keep them under a table in the house, which I do.

Also, it has to be damp so put a small bottle cork or pringles top to put water in, or just spray the tank with cold water every day.

Snails eggs look like this: O Well kinda!

You can also keep your snail(s) in a plastic washing powder box but make sure they can see out.

Take out your snails on to the lawn or somewhere in the garden while you clean out the snailarium so they can excersise but ALWAYS count them when you take them out and when you put them back in their box.



kitkatkid09 (author)2017-10-22

hi ibjust got my first snail, shes a small garden snail and her name is shelly at least i think shes a she but i feel uncomftable assuming genders even with snails (im not weird at all;)) so how do u tell if they are a girl or a boy?

HelenR53 (author)2017-07-24

Can any one tell me what my snail has on him? I've only had these two snails for about a week and they are my daughters pets.i would hate for something to happen. She loves these snails

AshleyV39 (author)HelenR532017-08-05

its snail poop:)

rrnielsen2005 (author)2017-04-21

How much/often do I feed 2 garden snails

jorjabear1 (author)rrnielsen20052017-05-01


jorjabear1 (author)rrnielsen20052017-05-01

about one piece of lettuce 5 slices of carrot and cucumber

LaurieH46 (author)2016-10-14

I have just acquired 2 large snails. Slowy and Pokey. I have a container and put potting soil, a leaf and some apple and cat food. They mostly stay at the top. Do I have enough holes?

jorjabear1 (author)LaurieH462017-05-01

You definitely need a LARGER tank to move around in. They go to the top because of more flat area space. Get a bigger tank and only fill with soul rocks and grass with a SMALL amount of food . Also they go to the top because it's fresh, spray with water daily!:)

McKenna Schuck (author)2016-06-07

what do they eat?

I have 6 snails Bammbi,big Bruce,Ty,Berry,Tom,and Fried

Fresh fruit or vegetables but not home grown ones. Make sure you wash them and make sure there are no chemicals on any of the fruit and veg. You can also get snail food from the pet store so i recommend that too

They're Very Happy I Bought The Snail Food For Pet Smart And They Love It! Big Bruce Became Big Bracea SHE Ended Up Having A Little snail named Joey Thanks! McKenna

how do you get your snail to have a baby

SavannahC15 (author)2016-08-18

I found a garden snail I put him in tubbawere with grass luttace carrots and water is this a good habitat any cheap suggestions? I really like my snail I named him goat and I would be heartbroken if he didn't survive.

jorjabear1 (author)SavannahC152017-05-01

have a hiding place like an egg shell for comfort and fill the tank with soil. Check in at a pet store and make sure to get some little tunnels maybe for a Hampster and be sure to clean and feed them daily. Don't give them water they could climb into, they will drown, just lightly spray their tank daily with lukewarm water. ONLY USE A SPRAY BOTTLE! These can be cheap (99p around). Good luck and take care of goat!:)

Dudeoder (author)SavannahC152016-12-01

*Tupperware* not tubbawere. Just thought I'd point that out.

shubard (author)2017-01-21

I raise pet snails for facials.
Sounds yucky but both my daughters noticed the difference after only 2 weeks. Puffiness was almost gone and dark circles way lighter.
I sell a kit for $50.00
It includes;
5 grown snails
2 mid size
And 2 babies.
It is a complete facial kit containing,
Facial brush for cleansing
Stainless steel blemish popper
Med size needler (Google face needling) very expensive but I buy in bulk
A very nice cold eye mask (again bought in bulk)
Container of all natural coconut oil
Which replaces any and all expensive night creams. ALTHOUGH I LEAVE MY CAVIAR CREAM (snail juice)
It dries clear and smooth in about 5 min with absolutely no odor.
I dont usually place the little buggers on my face simply because I found one on top of my head about 5 in the a.m.
Evidently my count was off.
So now i l
Place a few in a glass container with a couple teaspoons of water
for about an hour, take them out, give them a snack and put them to bed.
Stir and apply.
Oh yeah you do need to scoop a tiny bit of poop out ocassionally
But the poop is like a little worm with no odor.
Everything comes in makeup kits
Except for the age defying snails.
But everything is shipped to your door.
This procedure oversess, im not even sure if its done in the states yet costs between $100-150 bucks
My daughters 49 and 42 both says it works better than lazer.
These facials are amazing for acne and dark spots.
Snails make awesome pets and are fun to watch, be sure to utube SNAILS IN LOVE!
Google and utube snail facials and
If you are interested facebook me.
OH yeah they love to be tickled under the chin.
Thanks for loaning me your facebook
If you'll keep me on ill send you a free kit if you like.
Complete directions included.
Nite time for my facial.

Swirlycurl (author)2016-12-06

Where can I find garden snails if I don't have access to a garden

Mamamia04 (author)2016-09-26

I currently have 2 garden snails. I have had them for about 10 months and really want to breed them. I was womdering if there is a way to really speed this process up. Please help!

Volkivich (author)2016-08-29

Hi jessiak,

I have just printed out your instructable and think it's great, I have kept a heap of snails before in my aquariums ( both fresh & saltwater ) and am up to speed on them. But I found what appeared to be 2 frozen garden snails today ( it's winter here in Perth, Australia ). I didn't know if they were dead, frozen alive or some sort of hibernation. I am originally from Darwin, Australia, which is a lot warmer, being near the equator & and never gets as cold as it does here. The only frozen animals I have ever seen in Darwin were on sale in a shop or on TV ( lol ). Anyway I took them inside (much warmer) & put them in a jar then left them too warm up near the heater. They have thawed out now & are happily crawling around the place.

I have only had Aquarium snails for pets before and never land snails. So I thought what the heck & went to my favorite site ( guess which 1 ) to find an instructable on keeping garden snails as pets ( Damn gave the site away :) ).

Yours was the first 1 to come up & it is great, with lots of good info & well written. Obviously a lot of stuff is the same for aquarium snails, but a lot of other great info too.

Anyway I am setting up a habitat for them ( guess I should name them too lol ) & you now have a new Follower :) . I will let you know how they get on & maybe post some pics too!

On the downside I am afraid I have to disagree with your bio, there is no way that any one who can write & post such a great instructable is a loser! :D

JenniferW22 (author)2016-08-11

I just found my daughter's garden snail on the side of her tank BUT her shell was hanging almost off....So I went to get a flashlight so I could see better and SHE was OUT of her shell and crawling back up the side and is now attached to the side again shell-less. I can SEE her HEARTBEAT. I'm freaking out big time. My daughter is a sensitive soul and rescued Shelly (what she named her snail) from some school kids last school year and has been talking very good care of her and we have been watching her grow. What do I do? Do I try to put her back? Do I leave her shell on the bottom of the tank and `hope` she goes back in? What do I do in the morning? I'm going to have a crying 7 year old before school, that is `if` she sees her in the morning. I am tearing up writing this. I know this happens and what I have read Garden sails DON'T grow out of their shells their shells grow with them.

peikiern (author)2016-07-08

Don't forget that they need calcium!

jobear0329 (author)2016-07-08

Do u have any tips for finding snails. I can't seem to find them

Karadyne (author)2016-04-27

We have set up a snail terrarium in our classroom. We are using an old fish aquarium with soil from the garden where a couple of the snails were found. We have added a small ivy plant and have been feeding them lettuce and other veggies. They have been in our classroom for about 2 weeks and the snails are very inactive. They have climbed up the glass to the top (there is a screen lid) and do not appear to be moving. Is this normal? The soil was from our veggie garden at home. We have included a calcuim supply (cuttlefish bone) and we spray it regularly to keep it moist. Any thoughts?

Snailbabes (author)Karadyne2016-06-27

It is normal because all my snails go to the top and I think it's to hang upside down like they would on a leaf. Also I would recommend clovers for them as they really like them

Mary S.H (author)Karadyne2016-05-04

Snails breathe like humans and exhale carbon dioxide, which is denser than air, so it lingeres toward the bottom of the tank. It will make them sleepy and also explains why they migrate up the tank.

SierreS (author)2016-04-24

My son has a pet garden snail, Snailey, well sometime in the last 24ish hours he got out of his container! He usually doesn't travel far, and is found on my papers or notebook, but I haven't found him yet and it's worrying me! Is there a way I can attract him, to get him back where he belongs? He's on my counter top in my kitchen somewhere-and I've looked and looked!

Emily franklin (author)SierreS2016-06-19

Put out lots of food around the house and look every hour to see if he has nibbled on any, they wouldn't have got far in an hour so from there you can probably locate him. Sorry it's late, just if this ever happens again. Did you find Snailey?

SierreS (author)Emily franklin2016-06-19

Yes! The sneaky little thing! He likes to wander hahaha but yes, this time I found him in my cup across the counter! He's happily nomming on some romaine lettuce now

queer1 (author)2016-06-03

I need as much information as anyone can give me.

About a week ago, my grandson and I were playing outside our home and I noticed that a snail had eked it's way onto some very hot concrete on the side of the house. It had just rained the day before and being that we live in the high desert, you can imagine my surprise when after I had rather harshly pulled it off the concrete and tossed it into a vase in which I had been attempting to revive an elephant plant(tuber) which I had actually thought had been long dead. the elephant plant itself had/has been living in a large clear glass vase in only water. Over time I added things like craft-grade river rocks, some leftover sphagnum moss from a terrarium kit, and eventually a very small amount of potting soil.

First of all let me stress that I am by no means a gardening guru. I managed to both drown and completely dry out a pothos (Devils ivy) plant in its own pot simultaneously. As such I have been absolutely experimenting with this particular elephant plant. When I had realized that my addition of the moss and potting soil had probably been the thing to keep the plant barely alive after sitting in a windowsill for about 2-years straight without any care whatsoever, I just kept to my previous experimental care regimen. That regimen consisted entirely of irregularly draining and replacing the water and irregularly "fertilizing" with a few drops of Cock brand fish sauce. I know it's food and it's probably high in sodium since its a sauce but it was the "fish" element that gave me the idea to try to use it as a fertilizer. I wasn't using it for anything else anyway.

My entire idea was to somehow after adding the moss and potting soil that I could in theory create something like a terrarium inside this case which the elephant plant could live off of. Being that the elephant plant had come from trimmings only and had survived thus far like this I can say that my experiment has been a mild success.

Now back to the snail.

So I initially assumed that the snail was probably dead. This was a very hot day and the high desert is not anywhere near anything close to a humid environment. I had thrown the apparently not dead snail into the vase as a biodegradable decoration.

To my surprise, just a few hours later I noticed that not only was the shell no longer at the bottom of the murky water but the snail inside was indeed alive and had inched onto the last lone leaf of this miraculously resurrected elephant plant.

For the first few days, I kept the plants condition just as before. It basically was a kind of Stillwater pond. A few days ago I had done some minor research and had decided to simply drain out all the excess water and threw some mulberries and watermelon rhinds inside. Food for the snail maybe? Like I said this is at this point entirely experimental. I take the vase out onto the porch and place it in the south facing windowsill during the day and at night bring it inside. I've done this the entire time I've had the plant. Or rather the entire time I was actively taking care of the plant. The snail seems to be thriving and I probably won't continue "fertilizing" with that Cock fish sauce. I don't want the snail to die from salt exposure.

Anyway. This morning I noticed that there are some transparent red leavings on and around the vase-turned-poor-mans-experimental-terrarium. I don't know what they are. I also have no idea about caring for a snail, and so far he's living.

Any information I can get as to what kind of snail he is, how I should actually be caring for him, not forgetting caring for this Lazarus of a plant, would be extremely helpful.

Oh by the way my grandson has named this little guy, "Snail", which I think is adorable. It's an honest name. Lol. Anyway I'm gonna attach some images and they are gonna be in chronological order from day 1 until today.

queer1 (author)queer12016-06-03

I have no clue what I'm doing and I don't wanna kill Snail and I wanna keep this Lazarus plant alive too.

LindsayC20 (author)queer12016-06-03

I have about 25 pet garden snails at this point (ten of which are newly hatched baby snails). It's a long story as to how I ended up with all of them, but the long story short is, I picked up a pretty shell (3 actually) and then then started crawling at me one day. I was so fascinated watching them, that I decided to keep them. I found one crushed on the sidewalk shortly thereafter and began picking them up whenever I saw them on the sidewalk.

I had only 6 throughout the whole winter, but have found 8 more (including baby snails) on the sidewalk the past month, as spring brings them out of hiding.

So, I had no idea what I was doing with my pet snails, but they are very cute and curious and easy to care for.

If you want to keep the snail for you and your grandson, I would suggest taking it from the plant (You don't want it to eat your plant) and putting it in a small terrarium with some soil. They like to eat lettuce leaves, raw sweet potato, fish food and cuttlefish bone. And they like water. That's all you need to keep a happy snail - and maybe a mate, though that could lead to a lot of eggs.

There is a snail forum:

It's not super active, but you can find some useful info on there.

Best Wishes!

VolodymyrP1 (author)2016-05-27

I have Helix pomatia snails for sale. Price for one snail - ONLY $5.

Will ship anywhere in the world via registered airmail shipping.

Please email me if you are interested to make a business -


DiyDelacasy (author)2016-05-03

my snails are happy and i know how to take care of them thanks to u! :)

dingolex9 (author)2016-04-17

Shood i poot the cluch of eggs in a different contaner with the mom seporet from the other snails, how many egg do they lay

BriannaB11 (author)dingolex92016-04-23

Adult snails will sometimes eat the eggs so I would recommend separating them and they can lay up to 100 eggd

AmberS69 (author)dingolex92016-04-18

(depending on the snail type) they can lay about 100 eggs and yes you should separate them but also try to keep the soil moist, try doing this with a mist spray can once or twice daily ;)

KelsieP2 (author)2016-04-11

Hey so my garden snail (Moony) laid her first cluster of eggs. I (being a terrible snail owner) have been busy and havent been moisting the hutch as much as i need to. What is the best way to determine a dead egg from a fertile egg that has a snail inside?

Aidanandalfred (author)2016-04-05

The place I found Alfred is more of a clay soil than soil soil is that ok or do I use bought compost ?

Mamamia04 (author)Aidanandalfred2016-04-07

I just dug up some dirt and put in the oven to kill germs/bugs and then after it cooled down I wet it and put it in the tank

Mamamia04 (author)2016-03-04

I have seen two of my snails mating today... What do i do?? How much chance is there of them laying no eggs? And if they do lay eggs how do I care for them properly so they hatch?

pcarter1232 (author)Mamamia042016-03-04

How do you know if they are mating?

Mamamia04 (author)pcarter12322016-03-05

Aaaaaaahhhhhhhh there was a pink tube connected at the middle coming from both and they stayed like that about 1-2 hours

pcarter1232 (author)2016-02-26

Hi i have a larger garden snail for almost a year now and i was just ckeaning his house n almost dropped him but he hit the counter and now his shell is cracked down the side...what do i do? Also he only has water and lettuce in his that ok or am i doing wrong?

Mamamia04 (author)pcarter12322016-03-04

I dropped one of mine and the shell cracked, it died but it might have been avoidable. Putting some washed egg shells in his tank will increase his chance of living. The egg shell contains calcium which is essential for growing and repairing shells

pcarter1232 (author)Mamamia042016-03-04

Thank you for your advice!

Mamamia04 (author)pcarter12322016-03-05

That's ok

Mamamia04 (author)2016-02-16

I have 5 bought garden snails as they don't live in my area. I've had them for about 3 months and when I first got them they were very active. I've been regularly feeding, cleaning and playing with all of the snails. As I live in a hot place, lately the temperature has been 35 degrees Celsius and the snails have been drying out while I've been at school. They are not allowed in the house and it is too cold in the fridge. What do I do? Also little maggots and wormy things have been getting into the snails shell. I've been cleaning and throwing out rotten food, what do I do?

jessiak (author)Mamamia042016-02-22

You could try doing a total refurbishment of your snail's tank, replace all the soil and thoroughly clean the decor. It seems maggots have been laid and you want to remove their eggs. As for keeping them cool, try to keep them in a corner away from the sun and in the shade. Keep them watered with cold water too. I'm afraid that's all the advice I can offer you! Good luck x

Mamamia04 (author)jessiak2016-02-25

Thanks so much, also do you know anything about encouraging breeding

JaneN13 (author)2016-01-17

I just found a little snail (around 1 1/2 cm) near my house and I've sterilized some soil for it, and given it a bunch of lettuce and leaves from my garden. are there any types of leaves i should not feed it? also my tank is 7x5cm is this big enough?

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