My snails haven't had cuttlebone in ages. Almost a month since I ran out! The only places I've found it sold in my city are Walmart and Petco. But they've had none. Empty shelves. None of the staff were any help. I have no clue what's going on, did the cargo ship sink on its way to Hawaii?!
Only a few of my snails have ever been observed eating eggshells and those were just a couple occassions. I've even tried oyster shells, hermit crab shells, dead snail shells (collected from outside), and chalk, and none have even taken a second glance. I can't get that lime flour stuff, or really anything that has to be bought online (including ordering cuttlebone) because I don't have a credit card, plus shipping to hawaii is outrageous.
The best I can do, it seems, is a "Calcium Powder Supplement" that I got from the reptile/amphibian aisle in the pet store.
The instructions say to blend 1/2 Tbsp of Calcium Powder with 1/2 Tbsp. Multivitamin Powder, and use that to coat 500g mixed vegetables or live insects.
But for snails...? I know it isn't the best source but I don't want to just keep waiting hoping cuttlebone will show up soon and keep depriving my snails' diet. I can tell the new growth on some of their shells is rough and deeply ridged, sort of flaky too. What would be a ballpark estimate of how to dose calcium supplement powder? Or is there a better source I am missing? Or should I just not give them any of it? Help?
I would guess that calcium powder supplement is limestone flour. I would make it into blocks they can help themselves to. (as force feeding by mixing with food can result in internal stones and early death).