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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.

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. >>
<p>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?</p>
<p>Avoid anything that may have been treated with pesticides, insecticides, herbicides etc., if any farmers in your area have been treating their land I would stick to store bought organic produce for a while. Also acidic fruits like oranges and tomatoes aren't great for snails. I would suggest larger but if your snail seems comfortable then go by their body language! If they seem to be trying to escape then opt for a larger tank. Good luck :) x</p>
<p>Hi, glad I found this page!! About 2 months ago I found a tiny snail and my 8 year old son now had &quot;him&quot; as a pet - called &quot;Speedy&quot;. A few weeks later I found &quot;Gary&quot;. They are currently living in a perspex &quot;bug catcher&quot; with their own rock and a cap of water, and eating lettuce. After finding your page, we are upgrading them to a bigger space with soil.. Here they are before their move. Oh, and they dont like strawberries :)</p>
<p>This is so nice to hear! I'm glad you're enjoying your snails and bonding with your son over something so weird and wonderful is of benefit to you both. I wish you both luck with Speedy and Gary :) x</p>
<p>I have two pet snails. A while ago they ad baby snails. I made sure they didnt escape but that wasnt the problem. In about a month, all the babies had died. I was really sad, but happy the origional snails were okay. After maybe two months, the snails werent coming out of their shells. I thought they were dead so i just kept the jar in a corner of my room. I checked on them today and one of them seems fine! There are about two rollie pollies crawling all over it though. Are rollie pollies bad for my snails? Do you think my other snail is okay? Are centipedes bad for snails? (i used to see centipedes in the jar all the time) What should I do if they have more babies? i dont want them to die again. Winter is coming up, and i cant just go outside and get rotten leaves for them to eat if there arent any. What is something cheap and easy to get i can feed them? PLease answer me asap because I need to know this soon. Thank you.</p>
Hi! I'm sorry to reply so late. It's important to provide the best conditions for your snails. Spring/summer is the time that snails tend to breed so they need light for many hours, but not direct light. It's also really important to have at least 2 inches of soil in the bottom of the tank as snails tend to bury their eggs. Dampness is another important factor!<br>As for rollie pollies, they seem safe to live with the snails as they naturally have similar habitats, however centipedes actually eat snails. In this case I would try to remove the centipedes asap! If you have a large habitat for your snails, biodiversity is good for them so I wouldn't worry about the rollie pollies. Finally, your snails will eat any natural, organic vegetation! I can't stress organic enough as treated veg can harm your snails. They will even eat rotting food too, just avoid mould. For this, you can use lettuce leaves, apple cores, carrot tops, anything that you would generally throw into the compost. Avoid meat and dairy at all costs though! I hope all of this helped and if you have any more questions I'm happy to help :-) x
I have 6 snails and I keep them in a bucket with no lid and need a new place to keep them that is cheap help
You can use any clear container that has enough room for them to move! Second hand fishtanks, pet carriers etc are suitable as long as they can breathe and there is a lid!
<p>Hi Ellodi! I've kept snails for a really long time! The best experiences I've had are with a clear Rubbermaid bin. The snails can climb all they'd like and not get out! Also if you Use a bucket, it u have a film door u can place it over the bucket 2 use as a lid so they can breath! If you use a cardboard box they'll eat out of it. Hope this helps! Let me know if you have any more questions! Happy snailing! </p>
I recently purchased some crushed coconut shell substrate for our lizards, would that be ok for our snail?
<p>I'm sure it will be okay as the calcium in the substrate is good for the snail's shell production! However I'd mix it with some soil in order to retain moisture which snails need</p>
I have a tiny snail about the size of a pin head. I love him to death. I put in a different container yesterday and he has traveled every inch of it. He is very active. Ive had him over a month and he has grown like crazy. I put the same dirt i found him in, in it is he going to be ok. I didnt no to bake. Also i havent fed him anything. An he has still tripled in size. I figured that hebwas eating things in the soil. Im scared to go look at him now. I do make it rain on him every day kinda thought he lived under things so moisture was necessary.
<p>He will be perfectly okay in that dirt! However, it's good to replace it with fresh soil to ensure he doesn't get sick from bacteria or fungi! It's good to keep some food in his tank, any veggie/fruits that are organic are perfect! Good luck x</p>
I have kept my snails in a plant pot ,they dont really leave it ,cuz irs dry ourside ,but is it ohk for the plant ??
<p>As long as you don't treat the plant with chemicals (fertiliser, baby bio, pesticides etc) then it's safe for the snails and the plant x</p>
<p>Can they be kept in your average see through sandwich box ? and how do you stop them from getting out and around your house ? x</p>
<p>As long as it's big then that's suitable! A lid perhaps x</p>
<p>My daughter found a garden snail... how on earth, I have NO idea.... Anyway... How often should I clean 'tank'?<br>I'm using a glass jar, is that okay&gt;?<br>can I just feed it grass?<br>This snail is EXTREMELY inactive? What's up, I don't want it to die.... Can you help&gt;?</p>
<p>Cleaning the tank isn't necessary, but I'm a clean freak and like to do so. If you want to do it too, avoid using chemicals! Clean water to wash down the sides. I'd also replace the substrate every 2-4 weeks, depending on the size of your tank. This is because soil is damp and can harbour a lot of bacteria which could damage your snail/s. If you're using fake plants (not recommended!) they should also be washed with water every now and then! I'd suggest using a larger habitat for the snail because they need roaming room. Snails arent very active as a rule, and if they are in a small area it would discourage movement. Also, they are mostly nocturnal so they could be moving at night! Grass is perfect, but I would mix it up a little by adding organic vegetables and fruits, even kitchen waste such as peels, cores and leaves are more than encouraged as it is good for the environment and your snail! Good luck!</p>
I had a pet snail named Carrie. I found her in the woods and she didn't look like she was going to make it. I kept in a small tank and she was fine. I fed her right before i let her go and put her were i found her about two months ago. Will she remember how to survive??!?!! D:
<p>She will! Don't worry</p>
Also, my snail wasn't able to eat apple peels. Is that normal? By taking care of the snail my mom said maybe she will get me like a pet or something
<p>It is normal, everyone has preferences!</p>
<p>I found a snail do snails eat meat? Are snails poisonus to eat? How big does a snail get how long does it take</p>
<p>They do not eat meat, as far as I know! Only veggies for these little guys. I'm sure they're not poisonous, but if you're thinking of cooking some I'd do research as I believe the snails that are eaten are a special breed! Their size and age all depends on their breed, but I'm sure the average garden snail wouldn't get much bigger than your eye (specific, but true!). The African Land Snail can grow to about the size of your hand!</p>
<p>Some snails aren't poisonous. There are places that make cooked snails. It's called escargot.... at least I think that's what I remember. I used to have quite pet snail named Carrie. But I let her go.</p>
I tried to find land snails today and I couldn't find any. I only found slugs and frogs. I do not have a garden. I was in the woods and I looked under logs ect. And I didn't find any. It's 83% and kinda dry around here. do u think that's a reason? And where could I look? I feel like I couldn't find any in the woods. Also what do they eat?❤️
<p>If there are slugs there are bound to be snails somewhere! Be patient and try to look in damp, dark places. Logs and rocks are great for snails. This time of year is perfect as there is a lot of decay going on, with leaves etc, so the woods would be an ideal habitat for your lil creature! Anything organic and natural would be suitable for your snail to eat. No meat! xx</p>
<p>I just found 3 snails in my garden!!!! I am desperate to keep them!! I am keeping them in a jewerly box p.s - it's big! I have put some planting soil in there and grass? And 2 BIG leafs i do NOT know what to feed them?</p>
<p>Anything organic and natural is perfect for your little friend. Please avoid anything treated with chemicals as they can kill your snail! I'd suggest also to allow them to live in a large, clear container so they have enough light and can see what's going on! Like any pet would need x</p>
<p>first off, get either terrarium soil from a pet store or just dirt from outside. potting soil can be really, /really/ bad for them. if you're keeping them longterm, i suggest you get some little cups or just small areas for the little guys to hide in. </p><p>snails like vegetables, plants, fungi, and algae. i suggest you feed mainly feed them cucumber and curly kale, as cucumber is a favourite amongst them, and curly kale has a high calcium content. calcium is essential to snails for proper bodily function and shell growth. </p><p>theres a few things you definitely shouldn't feed them though so i suggest you look it all up before just throwing random foods at them to see what they like.</p>
how should I choose and pick up a snail? is it necessary to clean the tank? how do you clean the tank? do I need to microwave/oven the dirt?
Hi look I suggest picking a small/baby snail to start with. Choose whatever color of shell you want along with the pattern. If you don't like the shell or are getting more snails you can color the snails shell with nail polish just make sure not to get any on the snail itself. The snail may foam but don't worry just because it foamed doesn't mean it's poisoned, it just means that it is angry. As for microwaving the soil that's completely up to you.
DO NOT paint the snails shell it makes it hard for them to breath that way!
<p>Exactly!</p>
<p>It's not completely necessary to bake the substrate as long as it's the same substrate from where the snail was found! Cleaning the tank isn't necessary either, but I'm a clean freak and like to do so. If you want to do it too, avoid using chemicals! Clean water to wash down the sides. I'd also replace the substrate every 2-4 weeks, depending on the size of your tank. This is because soil is damp and can harbour a lot of bacteria which could damage your snail/s. If you're using fake plants (not recommended!) they should also be washed with water every now and then! As KaylaCool suggested, any kind of snail that appeals to you! Sorry for replying so late and my answer is backwards but I hope I helped, good luck x</p>
Also, my snail wasn't able to eat apple peels. Is that normal? By taking care of the snail my mom said maybe she will get me like a pet or something
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<p>I live in the desert, could I use sand, or would it be better to buy some peat moss or soil from Home Depot?</p>
<p>Peat free soil and a ph above 7 </p><p>If soil has Pete in it the snail could die:(</p><p>Sand is OK but I wouldn't prefure it, </p>
<p>You can use a mixture of sand and soil and put rocks/stones/gravel on one side of the tank. I am not very familiar with desert snails, so if I were you I would observe the natural habitat of the snails and attempt to mimic it in their new home!</p>
And also one of my snails just sit there doesn't move or eat is there something wrong
<p>the snails probably sick or a bit ill... Try to calm and relax ur snail by putting it on you hand but when you pick the snail up don't do it by its shell. My snail frank does that. If the snail's head is inside the skin of it's probably sleeping... Mine doesn't eat eather... But what I do is put a large piece of lettuce in his cage in the morning knowing that they are nocturnal. So look in the morning to see if there are tiny little holes. Hope this helps!! Bye! Let me know if you need anything!!</p>
<p>If the snail is new to its tank, then perhaps it is having trouble adjusting to it's surroundings. Be patient! Xx</p>
I have a small container for my snail right now, but my mom and i might go to the pet store.
I have a small container for my snail right now, but my mom and i might go to the pet store.
I have a small container for my snail right now, but my mom and i might go to the pet store.
I have a small container for my snail right now, but my mom and i might go to the pet store.
<p>I found a snail that was beaten up so I nursed him/her back to health.</p><p>What do I do nutrition wise. And also can I use potting soil from a store.</p>
<p>Snails are used to feeding on decomposing, organic food and leaves straight from a living plant, so I would advise mimicking this as well as possible. You can feed them things you have left over from food preparation such as potato and carrot peelings, lettuce leaves and apple cores. Of course if you would like to prepare grated veg/fruit for them yourself you can! You can chop up things too but I suggest grating or finely chopping the food as it makes it much easier for the snail to get through. Anything organic and raw works perfectly! Also kudos on nursing the little guy back to health! Xx</p>

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