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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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PhilioH16 hours ago

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

And also one of my snails just sit there doesn't move or eat is there something wrong
And also one of my snails just sit there doesn't move or eat is there something wrong
i got two snails but they will simply not mate but i do leave them in the dark am I probably missing it???
Gesyka L.M10 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.

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

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.
Gesyka L.M6 days ago

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

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. =)

Kati.5 days ago

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

Kati.5 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!!!!
mjoy97269 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 :)

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.

sillysam2013 made it!9 days ago
This is a picture of me holding my pet snail, Carry, while she/he is eating an apple.
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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?!?!
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.
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?

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!
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!!
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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 20kdk8 months ago

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

The Best18 months ago

thx this helps!!

Max101fun9 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!!
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