How to Take Care of A Pet Snail
If you struggle with depression or anxiety pets can be overwhelming. Actually, they’re overwhelming without depression and anxiety.
They’re expensive, time consuming, and take our energy. If you have kids, a job, or are going to school, you have enough things to do.
So I’m going to elaborate on a super low maintenance pet & cover some of the most common questions about how to take care of a pet snail.
You could even go outside and find one for free so you won’t have to spend any of your hard earned money!
Outdoor activities boost growth and healing, especially mental health.
& even people who love the outdoors can struggle to find enjoyable outdoor activities.
So here is just one idea to get outside, along with some info on how to take care of a pet snail.
How to Take Care of A Pet Snail
Where do I get a Pet Snail?
Your local pet store may sell pet snails. You can also find them online, here is just one site that sells pet snails: Our Pet Snails
What To Put in Your Pet Snail Tank
This will depend on what type of snail you have.
Be sure to check if you have a land snail or aquatic snail.
Either way, they do tend to like to hide in dark places or wriggle into gravel.
I would recommended smooth stone just for the sake of safety.
Most substrate suited for reptiles will work well for a land snail. If they are a land snails you’ll still want to keep their environment moist and have water available to them.
Having a humidifier nearby is one idea to keep them moist or you could mist them with a spray bottle as needed.
For either type you can use a glass or plastic container.
If you’re going to have multiple snails you could use a 5-10 gallon container.
You can use a container as small as 1 gallon if you’re just going to have one pet snail.
You’ll want to have a lid and ensure that air can get through the lid.
Here is a snail terrarium with good reviews
You can experiment with different plant life.
If you have an aquatic snail, you do not necessarily NEED a filter. If you don’t have a filter, just change out the water every couple of weeks. You could even take out 1/4-1/2 of the water every week and replace it to keep the tank clean.
You do not need an air pump. A snail will be okay in still water. However if you’re going to add some tankmates, they may require a filter and air pump.
As far as tankmates for the pet snail, you can have
- Other snails
If you do go for other snails, know that it’s not uncommon for snails to be territorial and they also may breed.
What to Feed Your Pet Snail?
- Boiled Vegetables
- Avoid pesticides and other chemicals
- Avoid chlorine
How Often Do Snails Eat?
Snails tend to graze, so you can leave food in there for them to graze on and remove after 2-3 hours.
You can also buy algae wafers.
A good rule of thumb is to allow them to eat for at least 3 minutes then you can remove what is left.
If you take that approach you can feed them 2-3 times per day.
Make sure you have a source of calcium for your snail.
Calcium will keep their shell strong and healthy. You can give them a liquid additive or many pet snail owners use cuttlebone.
Eggshell is an option but some pet snail owners have reported that their snails do not like them.
Are Snails Dangerous?
Snails are not venomous or poisonous but if the snail is from the wild it may carry diseases. Make sure to use snails from safe vendors.
Snails can carry schistosomiasis which is not something you want to mess around with.
Where do Snails Come From?
Snails have quite a variation in their habitats.
They can come from ponds, lakes, rivers or other shallow waters.
They can be found underneath rocks or plants.
They can even be found in deserts and saltwater.
They come from eggs, which are very small.
They will hide themselves in the mud or other substrate during the winter until warmer weather comes around.
How do Snails Reproduce?
Snails are hermaphrodites and can fertilize themselves.
When they do mate, either one snail or both snails can become pregnant.
They will lay up to 100 eggs in a moist place within a couple weeks, usually. Some will hold off on laying for months.
When they do lay eggs they will usually put them in a hole about 1-3 inches deep. The eggs usually take 2-4 weeks to hatch. They will sometimes eat other snail eggs for a source of calcium.
It can take up to 5 years for the snail to mature.
It typically take 1-2 years for them to be able to reproduce.
How Long Do Snails Live?
A snails lifespan varies, by a lot!
They may live as short as a few months but can also live up to 10 years.
There have even been reports of snails living for up to 25 years in captivity.
There are some species that reproduce once then die. There are also species that will breed a couple times prior to dying.
Tips on Taking Care of a Pet Snail
- Supply them with calcium
- Be mindful of snail eggs, as they can breed and lay up tp 100 eggs
- Snails are nocturnal
- Snails prefer darkness
- Snails are escape artists
- Remember that they can squeeze through small spaces
Hopefully this information helps, if you have any insight on how to take care of a pet snail, please leave a comment!
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