Hi! This is my first post so please forgive meh if it's messy.
I found a Helix Aspersa in our garden. Any ways how to take care of it? Thanks for reading!
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Check the snail carefully to make sure it doesn't have visible mites (tiny white bugs crawling quickly over the snail's body). You need a tank or other suitable enclosure like a clear plastic storage box or large tupperware, with a few airholes added (not too many or the tank will not be humid). It must have a firmly attached lid. Make sure it's been cleaned well with hot water. Put about 1-2 inches of moist soil or other substrate (coir, sphagnum moss) in the bottom of the tank. Provide a hiding space, like a plant pot turned on its side. Give the snail food daily (fruits and vegetables, not onions or garlic - you can use vegetable peelings or small pieces of fruit/veg from your kitchen or garden) and make sure it has a varied diet. Snails also enjoy pieces of brown bread that have been soaked in water, soaked oats, soaked cat/dog biscuits, and sources of protein like boiled eggs or meat. Provide a source of calcium like cuttlefish bone, limestone flour, ground oystershells, or cleaned eggshells. Spray the tank lightly once a daily with a spray bottle that can "mist". This keeps the environment moist and humid. The substrate should be slightly damp but not wet. You can provide a shallow dish of water if you like (you could use something like a jamjar lid), some snails enjoy this.
Remove any snail poop and food that's going rotten/mouldy regularly (once every two days or so) and wipe the tank walls with a damp clean cloth or sponge about once a week.
Post by gracefulslimes on Feb 16, 2014 20:45:19 GMT
Hi! I am pretty much in the same situation as you. I found a baby snail going around in mid-winter! So I brought him in. Morning coffee has pretty much said it all. my Helix Aspersa enjoys climbing sticks, but mostly sleeps. You could try the sticks. Good luck with your snail!