Hi to all As these boards are usually full of great advice and warm people I'm posting here my doubts...and thanks in advance. I had a snail pet till January and sadly he died. I miss him dearly. A few weeks after in some organic produce I bought I found a lot of snails some really baby and tiny like fresh from hatching... I kept them and really love them. Well the problem is I don't think they are happy.They usually hang out on the lid always wanting to stand in some kind od height fashion...it looks really discomfortable... It's well ventilated (it's one of the faunarium tanks) I keep it moist And they have always food and cuttlebone. They have been growing steadily. The bigger ones keep looking for something and I thinking that maybe they would be happier in the wild? Are they bored? Can I make them happier?
Thank you all
Last Edit: Mar 10, 2014 19:05:16 GMT by andreiamlm: some errors
A lot of snails, especially babies, like spending time on the lid and walls of their enclosure. If you found your snails on produce, there's a good chance they're Helix aspersa or similar. These guys appear to be fond of "hanging around" so to speak.
My batch of Helix aspersa babies all liked sleeping on the ceiling, and they'd often climb up when I misted their cage, or just because they were exploring--they were pretty active little snailies!
Do your babies have any place they can hide inside of when they go to sleep? I had a little red plastic house I put inside the cage that I got from the pet store, and they really liked sleeping upside down in there. Sometimes I'd see around fifteen babies sleeping there at the same time!
My snails have a couple places they can hide inside of to sleep, but I think sometimes I confuse them by moving those places, and then they end up climbing up on the ceiling and sleeping there instead. I think some snails like sleeping upside down underneath stuff.
I don't understand the fascination, but baby snails (my C. nemoralis anyway) seem most interested in travelling up. I don't notice the same interest with the sluglets... they actually seem to like to go down, and exhibit burrowing behaviour often not even shared by their adult parents.
They're also kind of dumb, and will go on long roaming missions where there's no food whatsoever. Usually I put them into small deli-style containers with fine mesh lids, with food and cuttlebone, and grow them until they're a little smarter, not to mention easier to see when I'm cleaning the tank.
I've been observing and they spend a lot of time upside down. And when they want to sleep they like to sleep all together in the corners of the terrarium.
I think I might find nice "houses" for them to sleep in. They have food and a little water dish but not a real house... any pottery is good? should it be plastic? or just something like a small vase? They also just like to eat cuttlebone if I scrap bits of it, if I just let the big piece there they don't touch it...is really strange or perhaps they don't smell it unless I scrap it before? Just a thought...
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I saw some pictures on Google and I think they are all Helix aspersa indeed
I think I might find nice "houses" for them to sleep in. They have food and a little water dish but not a real house... any pottery is good? should it be plastic? or just something like a small vase?
Definitely plastic or polyresin - don't use anything too hard or heavy, or the snails can break their shells if they fall onto it. A plastic plant pot lying on its side is always a good cheap hide for snails.