Hi everyone! It was such a pleasure to find a community of people who keep snails as pets... I was afraid of being the only one.
I currently own one snail with a charming backstory. I haven't yet identified his species.
Long story short, I was eating organic raspberries and watching television. Halfway through the package, I realized that there were tiny (hatched) eggs on one of the berries. A thorough search yielded one TINY baby snail, and three years later, he's fully grown and living a life of luxury. (I probably ate his siblings... blech.) He's relatively inactive, doesn't mind being handled, and prefers to eat lettuce and carrots. His name is Raspberry.
I'd like to learn more about snails as pets to improve his quality of life and ensure that he lives as long as possible. I'm also very interested in seeing the other types of snails that people keep! Banana slugs are gorgeous, and I love seeing photographs of giant African land snails.
I do, although none were taken with the intention of identifying his species. I'm going to set up some proper lighting, clean his shell and take some proper photos later for the 'identify your snail' board!
This was taken immediately upon discovering him. He's still sitting in the raspberry container. (Sorry for the image size -- I don't have the software to resize it on this laptop!)
Here he is, partially grown! He was such a cute little guy.
And here he is, fully-grown! You can see the small lip on his shell. I wanted to prove that he was the size of an escargot snail, and what better way than sticking him on a fork?
I suspect he's a common garden snail. I know that the raspberries were sourced in California. But whatever he is, he's made a great pet! Extremely low-maintenance.
Welcome! I second slimyrascal about the sweet potato. Ive exposed my snails to alot of different veggies and that is by far their favorite. Take some time to browse around at previous articles concerning tips and advice on various topics. It helped me alot when I began snailing:)
Lovely little guy. I myself have an Aspersa that I almost munched on. He was in a bag of vegetables a friend had sent and had somehow survived the journey from the garden to the plate without being discovered/smashed. It's lovely that your little one survived!