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

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

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. >>

Step 2: Housing and Feeding Your Snail.

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.

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.

GOOD LUCK TO YOU AND YOUR SNAILS!!!!!!

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210 Comments

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gregg.carter30
gregg.carter30

1 year ago

Why is my snail not coming out of its shell? Even at night is it imprisoned in its shell. Can you help? :(

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Ef
Ef

Reply 4 weeks ago

Hum I guess? It worked tho

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Saved_By_Bugs2057
Saved_By_Bugs2057

Reply 3 months ago

Snails do hibernate and I induce mine to do so over the winter. If its winter that is most likely what it is doing. If you would like to wake it just spray it, as they like to come out naturally when it rains. Hope this helps.

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esther.unuakhalu
esther.unuakhalu

Reply 1 year ago

I had that fear until I saw some posts online that helped. Gently brush your fingers against their shells. They really like it. Give them warm baths too. I use spay. Don't spray directly to their eyes. You have to be gently

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Kubda
Kubda

Reply 1 year ago

Not an expert, but I think they do this as a sort of hibernation… Maybe in response to the environment? Maybe the habitat is too hot, too cold, too dry, too wet?

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kendaljdavis
kendaljdavis

6 months ago

ok um this is going to sound absolutely rediculous, but I lost a snail. in my house. i cant find her and I don't want her to die from starvation how could I look for her?

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Saved_By_Bugs2057
Saved_By_Bugs2057

Reply 3 months ago

Unfortunately you may have lost her forever. She most likely will be in a moist spot, but I don't think you will find her. You may need to find another one.

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darc4650
darc4650

Tip 9 months ago

I recommend you take waste ot of your snail home every day

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Saved_By_Bugs2057
Saved_By_Bugs2057

Reply 3 months ago

Agreeded. Stinky, but a must have.

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snail kid 387
snail kid 387

11 months ago

can someone post a picker? of a snail egg I am trying to help my little sis take care of her snailes and she wants to know what it looks like.

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Saved_By_Bugs2057
Saved_By_Bugs2057

Reply 3 months ago

They are almost always buried in the ground, making them hard to find unless you have seen them being laid. Here is an image, hope this helps.

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WendyS166
WendyS166

2 years ago

I had pet snails for many years and have been thinking about starting again. I had a question though.
As there wasn't any internet when I had mine I only got to learn about the snails from observation. One thing I have never understood. Every so often the snails would attach to the side of the terrarium and a hard, crusty substance would almost seal them to the side. Were they hibernating? Is this normal?

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Saved_By_Bugs2057
Saved_By_Bugs2057

Reply 3 months ago

That is mucus, and yes it is very normal. They do this when sleeping or hibernating so they can rest and reatin moisture.

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Darkassin231
Darkassin231

Reply 1 year ago

yep they are acting what snail usely do

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SnailGirl_09020902
SnailGirl_09020902

Reply 1 year ago

I'm pretty sure they do this because they don't have enough water so they seal themselves in to keep the moisture they have.

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bamforth2s9
bamforth2s9

Question 1 year ago

my glass snail has deep retraction and im not sure how long its been. hes getting farther and farther into his shell and barely comes out. ive put tomatoes and potatoes along with crushed cuttlefish bone in and he finally came out today but i accidentally spooked him and he still hasnt come back out. i read its more humane to put him out of his mysery. how do i tell when to?

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Saved_By_Bugs2057
Saved_By_Bugs2057

Answer 3 months ago

I would spray the snail. If its winter it is propably hibernating and won't want to eat.

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SnailGirl_09020902
SnailGirl_09020902

Answer 1 year ago

It could be the tomatoes I heard they are acidic and can make your snail sick

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Kubda
Kubda

Question 1 year ago on Step 3

I have what I think is a fairly comfortable habitat for my snails, but like others have asked, they always seem to want to go to the top of the habitat. Some replies have said they want to get up there for better air, and because of the smooth surface.

They had babies which put into a separate habitat, but now they are getting big, so I need to move them into a bigger habitat. I was debating between getting a taller one or one that is long and low.

I originally thought a taller one would be better because I notice a lot of snails outside tend to go up to higher locations when they are resting/hibernating. But now I’m wondering for their day-to-day happiness, if a lower one is better if I add more smooth surface area on the bottom.

Your thoughts?

if it makes any difference, I noticed that they do this especially after I clean the habitat… I’m guessing it’s because of the increased humidity? I use coconut substrate and terrarium moss and all of it is well hydrated when I add it fresh (And of course I spray-mist it in between cleanings).

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Saved_By_Bugs2057
Saved_By_Bugs2057

Answer 3 months ago

Snails naturally love to explore, and will always want to get to the top. No matter the size, snails will almost always hang out at the top.