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!!
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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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Eamhhair29 days ago

I live in the desert, could I use sand, or would it be better to buy some peat moss or soil from Home Depot?

KikoC2 months ago

I found this little White-Lipped Banded snail while walking my dog and decided to keep him. I named him Anderson. (He nearly escaped, until I found him under my dresser.) I want to make sure the soil isn't harmful to him so I was wondering how long would you cook the dirt for and at what temperature?

XxCurlyMichxX (author)  KikoC2 months ago
You can put it in the oven at 200 degrees Celsius for 20 minutes or so!
kjsnail3 years ago
where do i get plastic container w/out going to pet store? =(
You can also use a shoe box or any old containe you have!!
khope kjsnail2 years ago
you can just use a jar... for example a big jam jar or pickle jar both good

thanks for this my three snails are called bubbles zip and gary

20kdk1 year ago
I dont have snails where can I get them?
The Best1 20kdk7 months ago

look in damp places in the garden in the morning or evening

The Best17 months ago

thx this helps!!

Max101fun8 months ago

thanks for a great instructable it helped me with setting up a little home for my snail. I found my snail in my shower!

I purchased a shoebox size plastic container. I put some dirt and other thing and I have three garden snails in them and I think two of them just mated
Lazylily111 year ago
I really like the help thx sooooo much
Im new but i think i have two pond snails called Helix and Slimy...
khope2 years ago
i have two snails named apple and banana, apple is more red, and banana is more yellow! and banana loves to just soak in their water dish its so cute when she/he slugs its way over there! and by the way i like your snail habitat mines bigger but it also has a ground beetle in it (who doesn't disturb or hurt the snails at all)
hroberts23 years ago
i have learned a lot more than i knew before my friends think i am crazy though but this artical rocks
lemonie5 years ago
Can you upload pictures of your snail home & snails? L
XxCurlyMichxX (author)  lemonie5 years ago
I'll Try... :) I'll Take Them On My Phone Then Upload Them In My Picture Library!!
XxCurlyMichxX (author)  XxCurlyMichxX5 years ago
ok Done You Can Check Them Out!!
Did you add them to this instructable? (edit) It'd be good to see your "home" and snails, but I don't think they're on this page yet. L
XxCurlyMichxX (author)  lemonie5 years ago
Am, They Are In My Image Library.
(We can't see that)
XxCurlyMichxX (author)  lemonie5 years ago
Sorry! Im New Here So I Dont Know Much!
When you're looking at this thing here, up in the top right you should find an "edit" button, if you click that you'll get the same thing you had when you were making this - you'll have the steps and "add images" - you can add from your image library and remove the ones that are already there. L
XxCurlyMichxX (author)  lemonie5 years ago
Ok thank you for helping me!! I'll do it now!
Ah yes I see the snailarium now, thanks for putting that in. L
XxCurlyMichxX (author)  lemonie5 years ago
No prob!
hello can i chat whit anyone one in the room
XxCurlyMichxX (author)  hamzadam4 years ago
Um sure :] il start!! Hi
XxCurlyMichxX (author)  lemonie5 years ago
The picture of the snail on the rock is not mine, its off the internet!! The rest are mine!
raquel10984 years ago
they love to eat corn meal by the way
XxCurlyMichxX (author)  raquel10984 years ago
Oh, Thank you, I Didnt Know That!!
wizard7445 years ago
im making me one it just quitted raining here so im going snail hunting at 10:30pm its dark outside and wet so ill get a good catch    =)
XxCurlyMichxX (author)  wizard7445 years ago

Good Idea =]