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How to keep pet snails?

Snails make great pets! They do not require special care, large investments and a special menu. These unique creatures are interesting to watch, and you don’t have to spend a lot of time communicating with them, since snails do not need to communicate.

Pet snails are easy to be kept as they have very simple needs. What should you pay special attention to?


Try to choose a large terrarium so your snail has plenty of space to explore and walk around. It is also necessary to choose the right substrate. Choose an all-purpose, peat-free potting soil that you can get in any local gardening store. Make sure the soil has a pH above 7, as in the long run lower pH soil can damage your snail's shell. Inside the terrarium, create decorations such as rocks or pots. Make sure the terrarium is tightly sealed to prevent the snail from escaping.

Humidity and temperature

Snails need certain conditions of humidity and temperature. Typically a humidity of 70-80% and a temperature of 20-25°C are required. You can use a spray bottle to maintain humidity, and a thermometer to control the temperature.


Snails are mostly herbivorous animals, so their diet consists of plant remains, pieces of fruit, soil and even bits of chalk in stones. These stones, such as limestone, are rich in calcium. This is an important component for a snail to be able to strengthen their shell.

Other than including a rich substrate and a variety of rocks for your snail, you can provide them with fruits and vegetables, such as lettuce, mashed banana, chard, broccoli and carrot.

Drinking regime

Snails get the moisture they need through their mucus and food. However, they can also drink water. To do this, provide them with small cups or saucers of fresh water, which should be changed regularly.

Cleaning and hygiene

Check the terrarium regularly for waste and food debris and clean it as needed. Snails are very sensitive to chemicals, so avoid using abrasive or harsh cleaners.

It is important to monitor the health of your snails and pay attention to any changes in their behavior or condition. If your snail shows signs of illness, such as lethargy, loss of appetite, or changes in appearance, contact a shellfish veterinarian for advice and treatment.

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