Snails previously caused only disgust and Association with pests or French delicacies now gaining popularity as a pet.
Snails are quiet and harmless creatures, they do not smell, do not cause allergies and take up little space in the apartment. Easy care, low maintenance costs, and the ability to leave your pet at home during the vacation, the snail makes the ideal pet even for people that are rarely home. To take care of this pet will be able and child.
It’s hard to believe, but most of the snails owners believe that their Pets can recognize their owners and prefer to avoid contact with unfamiliar people. Accustomed to person a snail hiding in a shell and without fear allows you to stroke himself wet calf. The most sociable and not shy of large snails are considered species of Achatina Reticulata (Achatina reticulata).
For keeping snails at home use a terrarium, but will also fit any container of non-toxic material, closed by a lid with ventilation holes. In addition to the terrarium, you will also need:
The soil, which can act as Coco peat, earth, moss or peat moss.
Several bowls of food, cereal mixtures and calcium.
Bathing of non-solid materials, not to hurt the snail shell in case of falling.
The thermometer and hydrometer to monitor the temperature and humidity in the terrarium.
Personal sponge for cleaning the terrarium and the shell of snails, never exposed to detergents.
Spray with a clear settled or filtered water.
In nature, snails are inhabitants of the subtropics, this means that the terrarium should also maintain a warm and humid climate throughout the year. For most varieties of snails acceptable room temperature 23-25 degrees, however, especially for thermophilic species required additional heating homes. Humidity is one of the most important factors of comfortable living snails. In the terrarium it is created by daily sprays of filtered water from the sprinkler and is maintained by the presence of soil and basin-rutting pit. At insufficient humidity the snail becomes less active, loses appetite and buries itself deep into the ground.
Clean the cage daily support cleaning up the remaining food and excrement. Depending on the contamination of the soil replaces it with fresh, pre-washed the cage with hot water and a sponge without detergent.
Over the last 10 years in Russia there were many different types and variations of snails, which differ from each other not only in size and color, but also the shape of the shell and body. Keep different kinds of snails in one cage is not recommended because of differences in conditions of detention. Even in the case of similar levels of temperature and humidity in the terrarium, snails can not tolerate the company of another species, and as a result to experience stress, to refuse food and not to grow.
Diet home snail mainly consists of vegetables, fruits and herbs. Especially delicious to snails seem to be cucumbers, carrots, apples, zucchini, and lettuce. Eating only one type of food, the snail quickly gets used to it and loses all interest in everything else that affects the growth rate, so the menu of the cochlea should be as varied as possible. Absolutely can not use spicy, salty or fried foods. A must-have addition to the basic diet are calcium, mixed grain and animal protein (gammarus, boiled eggs or chicken). Calcium needed by the snails to build up the shell, it is given in the form of a feed powder or lump of chalk, cuttlefish shell (Sepia) or crushed eggshells. They can be sprinkled or succulent feed to keep in the terrarium in a separate container.
Consider the snail in all its glory and plenty to talk with her while bathing, when even the most timid individual receives pleasure from the process and not trying to hide in a shell. The snail being bathed under gently running Luke warm water, holding it in the palm, to avoid contact with the sink or bathtub, where it can remain toxic to snails traces of detergents. Swimming is a great way to make contact with wild or not accustomed to you by snail. It is recommended to bathe a snail at least a couple times a week, however, genuine joy pet during water procedures causes the owners to do it more often.
Being crepuscular animals, snails are very active in the morning and in the evening when all family members are home and can observe your pet. Many believe that snails have the ability to calm and relieve stress, as do aquarium fish.
If you need a pet that does not require complicated care and not in need of constant human presence, if your child asks for a pet, but are you worried about possible noise, smell and dirt, or if you don’t want to spend big money on bringing your pet – a snail can be the perfect pet you’ve been looking for!