These are a fast growing species of Giant African Land Snail. 🙂, My son loves snails and will pick them up and put them all into one container… then we watch them all escape! Thanks for all the info. Mark their shell with a little bit of nail polish (if you can’t tell them apart) and race them. Why kind of paper Rvan? For a good list of food that snails love and for more information on why snails need calcium in their diet, visit this great website all about pet snails.Â. Hi, a while ago I found some garden snails and kept them as pets for a while in a plastic takeaway container with some holes punched out so they could breathe. (Must confess, I automatically think of them as pests, but you do bring out very good points here Penny). Visit WF4K - Nurturing Little Nature Lovers's profile on Pinterest. We ended up with 7 total, two different species of them and some that were the babies of the original so we could watch them grow. “she” was the size of a fifty cent piece. Also, their diet is similar. My granddaughter named him Gary. Many fruits and veggies come home with pesticides on their skins and if you feed it to them, it will kill your snails. I’m not certain but I’d say they might be a different species of snail. He’s already fallen in love with Brian and Melody. Within the European Union, I send snails by mail when weather allows. They flew home in my luggage. I think they really cute too. One of them had a hole in it’s shell, and it was absolutely fascinating watching the hole ‘shrink’ as the snail grew new shell to cover the hole – it took a few weeks! Snails eat fruit and veggies (avoid citrus foods) but these foods soil quickly. Perhaps google images of snails and see if you can see one that’s exactly like the ones you have. im glad i found this post and comments , for the last week i been really worried cuz few years ago i saw this tv show where people die cuz they ate live snails , so last week i was at my job and was doing something outside in the grass at night but there were a lot of snails in the grass i tried not to step on them but i think i step on 2 , wasnt on purpose but then i got to my knees and had to put my hand in the grass and it landed in one of the snails that i step on , so because of that and cuz i suffer from anxiety i remember the tv show and was thinking what if i got the parasite ? There are plenty of positives for keeping snails but I love that they don’t take a lot of work. 😉 any ideas about baby snails? They are low maintenance indoor pets and easy to take care of! Last night I found hundreds of eggs buried in the soil and I am thinking of dumping them out since I do not want any baby snails, at least not in that number. Hi, my name is Samantha and Yesturday I let my daughter have a pet snail that I saw crawling on the house… I told her that after EVERY TIME she holds it to wash her hands.. Well, she had just played with her snail, I told her to wash her hands and I got her something to eat.. Then after a week and a half home my granddaughter was admiring the shells and one started moving. I feel like this post was written for me! Hi Sammy, I’m sorry this has happened and that you’re feeling really concerned for your daughter. We used regular soil from the garden and, because we had it on hand from making a wildlife-themed terrarium a while ago, I also added some sphagnum moss. In Defense Of The Pet Snail For those who can't adopt a furry friend for a pet — perhaps due to space, allergies or schedules — might we recommend an alternative: Snails… They are an entertaining housemate, that’s for sure. And also can I have a lepoard gecko AND a snail, Hi Allan, Thanks for your question. I’d suggest not to get someone to send them to you just in case your spreading disease in some way. I told her why get a hermit crab when I already have snails, yet she still won’t buy a bigger case. did you think this will grow like this when you started the site? Keeping Pet Snails: Everything you need to know about their care! Hi penny, I looked at her after she started eating and said, “You washed your hands right?” and she said, “Opp’s I forgot!” Should I be worried… Please reply soon. Snails almost never get sick if they are cared for properly. I’ve heard that of you line the square foot of your garden area with pennies they won’t cross that barrier. My mum told me this and absolutely freaked when she seen dimples giving his blue tongue snails with his bare skin! :p, What an incredible and unusual idea yet so simple. I am going to ask my daughter if she’d like some as pets, I know,she wants a dog, but this might be a good fill in till we get one 🙂. Each plant has different needs, so be sure to do some research on the plants you choose. What is a problem with these snails is that many people consider them to be pests, because they spread very quickly and they can become a nuisance. Be sure to continue to provide fresh fruit and vegetables for him. It’s taught my daughter tons about compassion. How interesting Jesse. I accidently brought a snail home from a vacation in Wales a year ago. All three of my girls have touched snails. Your email address will not be published. It might be fine, but it is a risk to your snail health. I do let my son still handle snails and go snail hunting in our garden with supervision of course and hand washing after. I’m very worried. Caring for a pet is a great learning tool for children, but it can also create more work for busy parents and educators! We have been feeding them cucumber and lettuce. ~ Pen. I love to hear stories like this, that’s the very reason I want my children to feel connected to nature. Thanks Patricia but I’d prefer not to use throw away gloves as it’s just adding more plastic to the world. 5. Great Monica. I now have the happiest 3year old in the world. Snails like to hide in dark places, although some like to sit near the lid and others even under the dirt. She knows not to handle him after a discussion about how as humans, we don’t always have to touch an animal to appreciate it. I am 12 years old and me and my 2 sisters have a snail each as a pet! The best foods for land snails are plants, algae, and fungi. maybe it’s a baby? Is it normal/safe for snails to eat plastic? I’ve never tried it. That was so lovely to read and exactly the type of wildlife experience I want to bring to children. Price $14.95. In our previous house, we didn’t find a snail once (and we actively look for creepy crawlies) but as soon as we added a vegetable garden it was almost like it was an open invitation for snails to visit us. Keeping Pet Snails: Everything you need to know about snail care! They eat almost all fruit and vegetables from the human ration. Many animals have Zoonotic diseases (diseases that can be passed from animal to humans) so I think it’s important to be health conscious when ever you’re touching animals but I wouldn’t take the experience of touching a snail away from them because of it. I must say they are very curious creatures and entertaining to watch. Also the little ones like to climb on each other, is that their way of mating? I love the fact they are quiet -mthey sound like the perfect housemate. Can the vet tell if it does Out of Stock. They lay eggs that hatch and especially in a dirt and moss environment, they can lay them quite frequently. I’m sure they’d love a more permanent home for them, so will have to make them one! We added a terracotta pot and a stick for climbing but you can add real plants, rocks and twigs too. I did swap the soil and put lots of greens for them to play and to eat. If they hatch, they can actually get out of the top of the terrarium as well! Is that true? I ran across this big snail in my backyard today! Most of the snails liked me! It is more of pest control method. Also, if they don’t want you to see them, they just bury themselves in the dirt (I think we can all relate to that). Is it safe to put them in the same enclosure? Keeping snails as pets or All you need to know about pet snails. A good idea for a pet. I kept garden snails for 2 years! Below you’ll find all the information you need to know, including general snail care, how to care for a snail, what to feed them, and how to make a healthy snail home. Giant african land snail. Apparently I was caught eating snails in the backyard as a kid. I really appreciate you sharing your story. You shouldn’t carry them to a veterinarian or make vaccinations. sometimes i notice that they have a weird smell as they move around if anyone has any tips please know. I would like to know if they will notice it’s gone will they? xo P, Most of us do see them as pests, and they kind of are when we are trying to grow food to eat but sometimes pests can come in handy 😉. For snail calcium,do eggshells work? It’s not bad at all. I’ve never bred them, but I’m sure it would be a fun adventure to find out how they reproduce together and have babies. I dabbed him with a touch of nail polish so that we can identify him/her, and he just decided to stay with us! I’ll do that one day when I can find enough snails to do it. Free printable candy cane animal tags you will love, Children can handle snails (see important information below), They may be slow but they can be interesting to watch, Their food can be left-overs from your fridge, Find out more about animals that carry homes on their backs. ( mine is called Shelly) we keep our snails in a small open cage but we have no idea what to put in!! Hi, I hope that helps. Who knew so many of grown-ups like to keep snails and enjoy them with so much interested in learning more. I did not … I’m so sorry I haven’t popped over for a bit. We won’t keep them forever. :p, We have been talking about this very thing. Instead, you can cut up leafy vegetables, such as lettuce, spinach, or cabbage, or other vegetables like cucumber and carrot. Regular Price $9.95 Sale Price $4.98. Let’s get started. And thanks Penny for all the information that you post here, very helpful. And also, do you have to provide them with larger shells for growing at all? I find watching snails quite relaxing. Love! Give it a try but maybe only a really small bit at first. We’ve kept garden snails a few times. We accidentally broke a snails shell. Invertebrates are sensitive to copper-based medications and should not be housed in aquariums treated with cooper sulfate. i would let her out of her tank and give her dog food on a tooth pick. You can have one of ours if you like. Thanks, You’re welcome Christopher. (1) ONE Live Land Milk Snail Otala Lactea XL ,Breeder,Pet,Edu + FREE GIFT $9.99 5/10/20/50/100X Assorted Mystery Snails Algae Eaters Beginner Md-Lg KoiKompanion The girls really seem to enjoy watching them too. The pack also includes a: If you like snails you might like keeping mealworms as pets too! Hi Penny, These are our first snails. Thanks for sharing your story Faigie! xx, Thats austrailia almost everything is trying to kill you and is dangerous so if you live in canada or america most snails are harmless, It’s a shame that’s what you hear about Australia. The poor guy was starving. So low maintenance as well. And what do the plants need to thrive? Also, snails need calcium to keep their shells healthy, so adding a bit of cuttlefish or dried crushed eggshells to the side of the dish is important too. It makes the cleanup and addition of fresh food much easier than if you added it straight to the bottom of the tank. I thought it would be fun to have a snail “garden” for a while, but my eldest is adement that we do not do it because “snails need to be free.” So, we won’t be having a snail garden…yet! Hi Catherine, I’m sorry I’m not sure what you could use. Also, I’d suggest that children be fully supervised as people can get sick if they eat snails. New arrival Quick View. sadly my mom dropped her and we buried her in the iris bed. I’m not sure Michelle. Race your snails. At my house and don’t know if it has parasites 🙂, You can have them for a couple of weeks and then free them. Pet snails make great pets. I just rescued a young small garden snail who was drying out on a wall. This makes them the ultimate biological weapon to wipe out pest snails out of your tank or control population. Never thought about a snail pet before…and I like it! On another note, Happy Mother’s Day beautiful! My daughter bought a snail home to be a pet but my other daughter wanted one too so we found some more but not the same type. We had these snails in a takeaway container for two weeks while moving house and I could tell they were happy when put into their new enclosure. What could we use to decorate snail shells since we got told not to use nailpolish. No, seriously. I’d suggest adding a food bowl. Tonight I’m going to visit and scroll for a while. He’s been after a pet for ages even though he already has a pony, dog,4 cats and a bearded dragon. Best. Well, If they climb on eachother it’s just them playing. Easy! Unfortunately, that’s not true, Rat Lungworm has neen found in the U.S. as well. When I ask my mom to buy a bigger case for my snails to have them more room (and something easier to clean) she doesn’t understand why I want to keep them, she even offered to get me a hermit crab. My daughter gets great pleasure from her snails and is looking forward to releasing them back into the wild. It is can be a plastic takeaway container if you’re only intending to keep and observe them for a couple of days. Beginner Snails. I’m not a snail expert so I am unsure if snails fret. There are 8 or 9 snails, When I was in graduate school for education, my science for kids teacher had us use snails as a project to teach us how to teach science. Price $49.95. But if you’re going to keep them for longer, a larger enclosure would be better for the snails. We had to observe many things about them and then record our findings. Could be good in a classroom. Snails are incredible animals to be easy cared as your pets. It mainly says, if you EAT a snail so I’d be surprised if someone got rat lung worm just from a bit of its slime from their hands. You’d find the land snails mostly dwelling on the grass. Today i went to the garden to play with my sisters after we saw a snail near the door. Any alarm system does not fire from these pets. Amazing service . They just slither around at their own pace and enjoy their surroundings. he he he. I was just thinking that its about time we got a low maintenance pet for our preschooler. I wonder if eating them raw provides a different type of nutrition for growth? I hope you found the information helpful and I wish you luck in finding garden snails. I named it Tiny. Plus there’s a heap of great snail printables to enhance your child’s learning opportunities. You can feed then veggies and fruit. I like it when they eat as they are very cute. I have miracle grow garden soil, will this be okay for the snails?? The twinlets are loving animals more and more. To increase the level of your cadre of pets, capturing higher and higher level wild pets is a good start. In Australia there’s been a case of a child contracting Rat Lungworm by (they think) eating a snail. Parent: At first I was nervous about germs/diseases but after my daughter had researched (thanks) we were reasured that they make great pets. Also, ensure you take out any rotten food and replace it with fresh food every couple of days. Every time they all three slither slowly over and climb the steep sides of the large box and over they go into the inside. You can probably keep them together.  Keep the substrate clean and moist at all times. It is a snail that is considered very good for beginners. It’d be fun to keep for a while 🙂. I think it’s quite complicated Brenda. Will I? They are similar in size. Good luck with your little pets. Add to Cart. Thank you for the reply. My mother and father didn’t allow me to keep a dog or cat as a pet,so I thought of snails and they worked. Just had babies last week and they are so cute! So far, they don’t seem too unhappy or act differently so sigh of relief for me. Way better than Gary on Spongebob! I would suggest everyone check before eating snails though. I had no idea so many people were interested in garden snails as pets but I am so glad they are! The enclosure can be as simple or as extravagant as you’d like. Gave her, her food and she started eating.. Thank you! I’m not an expert on snails but I would read this website to either set your mind at ease or determine whether you should take your daughter for a check up http://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/factsheets/Pages/Rat-Lung-Worm.aspx . 🙂, Thanks so much for providing that information. Price $2.95. dear penny, 50 or so years ago when i was a kid, i had a snail. Learn about snails, their breeding, predators and where they fit into the food chain, « Wildlife Explorer Kit Essentials for Kids, Catching a Spider: Why you should bother and how to do it ». I’m learning about care now & will keep it til the weather is cool or longer. Choosing the best pets for kids. There’s a few out there. lol. In addition, it is very easy to maintain and the kids would love checking on their little pet all the time. *sigh*I’ve missed visiting you. How exciting that you have pet snails! 3x Baby Giant African Land Snails (Achatina Reticulata) Snail: Shell Size - 3cm to 4cm. You may eventually get baby snails though 😉. A website I visited said that they can have damp paper. I’d just love for you to hold one. You’re welcome Mindi and thank you for your lovely feedback. http://www.health.nsw.gov.au/factsheets/infectious/rat_lung_worm.html, http://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/factsheets/Pages/Rat-Lung-Worm.aspx. You shouldn’t walk long hours with snails. It’s quite interesting. I am a siencetist and I will love to keep snails as pets. What a lovely idea and it’s wonderful that that experience has stuck with you. You shouldn’t spend much money to keep them because they are obvious cheap pets. They hatched very quickly into 48 baby snails. Do you know someone who could sell and send me a few brown garden snails with a cream coloured foot? Such an informative post Penny…as usual i learnt a lot! PDF ebook. A spray bottle is perfect to moisten substrates and furnishings in the enclosure without making it too wet. What do land snails eat. Made an enclosure for it and its been eating for 3 hrs now….wondering if I should release it back in my backyard? Although I can say that eating plastic is not safe for snails. I had him on my hand and offered apple and carrot. So you CAN keep them for longer term, right? New arrival Quick View. I am very mindful to remind them that they must wash their hands after holding snails. Glad you like it Kelly!  It is can be a plastic takeaway container if you’re only intending to keep and observe them for a couple of days. Care: Snails are quit sensitive. There is a section on this post about food. I think snails would be great in a classroom Kate! In Australia, there are far higher risks than a snail that MAY have rat lungworm though. Then we all wash our hands 🙂, That is such a cute idea. Pet snail care Pet snail home. Enjoy your snails, it sounds like you’re having a lot of fun with them. I’m sorry you’re feeling anxious after touching a snail (or snail slime). May 2, 2012 - Leave a Comment. (I named him Gary after Gary the snail in Spongebob Squarepants). Penny Whitehouse is a mother of three, with tertiary qualifications in wildlife biology and early years education and 12 years' experience as an environmental education officer, she is a perfect storm of the passion, knowledge and skills required to get younger generations connecting with the natural world. Remember to wash the food before you give it to them. There is no smell in the place where snails live in. Many species of snail are hermaphrodite, meaning they can have both male and female reproductive organs. They don’t really like the acidic ones though. We have been collecting them and then we are planning to release them back into captivity every 3 weeks. I’m not sure if I could give you an answer either way. from Colorado, USA. Yeah… they are ,but I have them for the night and they have had 18 eggs. But I live in Gympie, Qld and I don’t seem to have any in my yard (but everything else that eats veggies 😉 ). You can’t use any soap or cleaning fluids on their terrarium either, just water. Kids love snails and they seem low maintenance. when I put my snail in my paper basket he does’t eat the food, but he eats the paper. They seem to prefer the cucumber. As the name suggests, this type of snail preys, kills and eats other snails. I found about 20 at the bottom of the terrarium (outside of it) one morning! Hi Claudia, I was wondering if I should let the little ones go because I heard that if you get a snail you should get two so they have company, so thought I have two big ones why not let the little ones go. At school people shouted and screamed at me and my brother from looking at snails. Many links and posting on your site help me improve the conditions for them already so you are doing a wonderful job keeping us informed. The plants need soil, sunlight, and water. Assassin snails are perfectly harmless to fish and shrimp. I’m sure you wouldn’t let your snails go into the wild but sometimes disease can even spread just from the substrates thrown out from the enclosure. :p. I’m about to start a veggie patch in our new home and I’m hoping we won’t get too many but I am looking forward to doing a post on it (and perhaps on organic ways to deter them from entering your garden patch). I have two of them and they are supercute. In our modern tech-driven society, keeping pet snails can provide ways to enhance your child’s development, imagination, self-esteem, and sense of responsibility. Owning a pet can be a rewarding experience for a child. Snails don’t make any noise and harsh movements. They don’t cause any allergies (unlike cats, dogs, squirrels, parrots or ferrets). Oh Gracie, I could imagine your boys holding them on their fingers, fascinated. 🙂. Quick View "Helix Pomatia" AKA Escargot or Roman snails - A Couple of Pet Snails (2 pcs) Required fields are marked *. There will be more pet options coming along. Marine Invertebrates for Beginners These are marine invertebrates proven to be hardy, undemanding, and well-suited for the beginning hobbyist. Shimmer, Shine and Cupcake are so sweet. The world doesn’t need any more plastic than it already has 🙂, However snails in the UK and other countries are safe to eat. Providing plenty of places that allow the snail to be where it makes them happy is good for your snails. We usually find ours tucked up under a lettuce leaf. I’m pinning this! So they live longer than a hamster, guinea pig and squirrel or aquarium fish. This eBook includes everything you need to know about caring for, feeding, handling, cleaning and of course, snail safety. However, several nights later the snails seemed to be chewing on the sides of the holes. So whenever I see snails (now slugs are another thing)I feel a bit of a fondness for them. As they are quite small, they can live in smaller tanks. Hi. At the moment I offer these two options: Isn’t there a dangerous germ snails carry that paralysed & killed some kids last year ? They should help. Best, Mindi. His name is Sorry and we live in Sweden. You could try soaking a cotton ball in beer and putting in your garden. Snails don’t mind a bit of humidity but they do need fresh air. "Eobania Vermiculata" A Couple of Pet Snails (2 pcs) Price $14.95. New Quick View. Ball pythons are calm and considered to be the best python for beginners. Unicorn SVG, PNG Bundle Pack 70 pcs - Unicorns Digital Images Instant Download. Shipping life snails there is A) illegal, unless you, the buyer, have a special permission and B) too dangerous for the animals since the trip is very long (snails are sensitive to extreme temperatures, especially to heat). He is about the size of a golf ball (or slightly bigger?) So they live longer than a hamster, guinea pig and squirrel or aquarium fish. I have a big garden snail, this realy helped me thanks so much! I had picked up a few shells, washed them well with soap and water, …3 times. Then about a week later I find this HUGE snail on my house, I was so exited, I had found not one but two big snails. I know it sounds silly but I just want to make sure it doesn’t make them sad. Well 9 months later (I only had the 1snail) I find 48 eggs. Totally love easy pets, this is great, my son was reading this with me, guess what he wants now 😉, Good luck with that Nathalie. The side of the snail enclosure should be wiped down once a week and the substrate changed once a month. My two girls found snail each the other day, we put them in a bug catcher and i was going to let them go after a few days, but you have convinced my to keep them, will improve their home today…also when my daughter got them out yesterday to have a play she wanted to know why they were joined together….”are they holding hands mummy”….might have more than two snails soon I think! I don’t think I can answer that one. Keeping garden snails as pets is one of the most low maintenance and cost-effective pet options available. You can share it on my facebook page if you like. That is how I came to have a pet snail. Quick information about the best pets for kids, with pros and cons of each pet. anyways i did washed my hand right away like 3 times but since last week i been having like tension headaches , i was thinking the worst and still am but thats my anxiety cuz i have feel this way before sometimes when i over worry or when i dont get enough sleep , and thats me right now , but reading this blog and the comments it helps me a bit . Snails are incredible animals to be easy cared as your pets. Thanks, The enclosure can be as simple or as extravagant as you’d like. I really like the idea of the snails to show and teach the kids. You need to find a good/safe location to scoop out the eggs regularly and put them so that they don’t over take one area. Some pet shops can sell snails but I’m not certain they are the garden variety that you are looking for. They became active right away. Luckily that snail didn’t have the disease. 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