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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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PhilioH5 days ago

my snail keeps falling off my finger is it ok it looks to be a young one is this normal?

XxCurlyMichxX (author)  PhilioH2 days ago

Snails can repair their shells if they are cracked or broken, I wouldn't worry. There is a thick layer of mucous surrounding the body of the snail which will absorb any shocks upon impact also! It will be okay! xx

And also one of my snails just sit there doesn't move or eat is there something wrong
XxCurlyMichxX (author)  Terrell02162 days ago

If the snail is new to its tank, then perhaps it is having trouble adjusting to it's surroundings. Be patient! Xx

i got two snails but they will simply not mate but i do leave them in the dark am I probably missing it???
XxCurlyMichxX (author)  Terrell02162 days ago

It can take anywhere from a week to 6 months for the snail to lay the eggs, and like Izzayzayy said, they will need at least 4 inches of substrate to lay! Keep trying! Xx

Gesyka L.M14 days ago

I found a snail that was beaten up so I nursed him/her back to health.

What do I do nutrition wise. And also can I use potting soil from a store.

I think you should try feeding it apples, lettuce, and possibly carrots. Those are things my snail likes.
Oh, one thing i forgot to mention. You have to boil the carrots and then let them cool so that they're soft enough for the snail to eat.
XxCurlyMichxX (author)  sillysam20132 days ago

Cooking and boiling isn't needed, but not wrong. I would just advise to avoid using oils or cooking with meat! Xx

XxCurlyMichxX (author)  Gesyka L.M2 days ago

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

depending on species i would use sweet potatoe or cucumber some washed of with water cuttle bone and carrot

Gesyka L.M11 days ago

Can I use potting soil as substrate but not bake it?

XxCurlyMichxX (author)  Gesyka L.M2 days ago

You sure can, but I feel it is safer to bake it. Try to use natural compost that is untreated and unfertilized!

Geyska, yes you can use potting soil
though just check that it has no fertilizer and pest killing stuff or
your snails would probably die :( my snails have coco-peat and they do
well but sphagnum moss will do well for the snails as well. =)

Does anyone know how to tell if a snail is a boy or a girl?

Yea If their skin is dark they are male, if they have light skin they are female. You cant tell their gender by their shell.

XxCurlyMichxX (author)  Gesyka L.M2 days ago

This isn't true as all snails are different and unique, they (much like other animals and bugs) retain their own personal markings! Snails are asexual my friend xx

XxCurlyMichxX (author)  sillysam20132 days ago

Snails are asexual, meaning they are both and neither at the same time! They can mate with any snail as long as the correct conditions are provided x

sillysam2013 made it!14 days ago
This is a picture of me holding my pet snail, Carry, while she/he is eating an apple.
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XxCurlyMichxX (author)  sillysam20132 days ago

This is very adorable!!

How long have you had your snails? I heard that some live for up to five years, and some scientists believe ones in the wild can live for up to twenty-five years!!! Cool, isn't it?!?!
XxCurlyMichxX (author)  sillysam20132 days ago

I had my snails for a year and a half until personal occurrences caused me to set them free. It's really wonderful how such small beings can live for so long!!

Eamhhair2 months 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?

XxCurlyMichxX (author)  Eamhhair2 days ago

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!

And also one of my snails just sit there doesn't move or eat is there something wrong
Kati.10 days ago

I have been tying to make my snails mate by imitating monsoon rain but its not effective, can any one help???

Kati.10 days ago

Geyska, yes you can use potting soil though just check that it has no fertilizer and pest killing stuff or your snails would probably die :( my snails have coco-peat and they do well but sphagnum moss will do well for the snails as well. =)

Oh. That means i have a girl snail! We want baby snails.
There is no such thing as a girl or boy snail. Snails are both genders which means that they have a penis and a vagina. Although they have both male and female organs, they need a partner to mate with. One snail will use the penis and the other will use the vagina. But only one snail will get pregnant. They will lay their eggs after a week to 6 months so it will be a surprise. They will need at least 4 inches of potting soil or compost to lay their eggs in.
Hope that I helped
Happy snail keeping!!!!
mjoy972613 days ago

Thanks! This was helpful! I have two new snails that I found when it rained today, I can't wait to get them settled :)

I have a pet snail named Carrie. She LOVES apples. I am going to see if she'll eat carrots. I'll let you know if she likes them.
KikoC3 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)  KikoC3 months ago
You can put it in the oven at 200 degrees Celsius for 20 minutes or so!
kjsnail4 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!!
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khope kjsnail3 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

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