My name is Megan. I never in a billion years thought I would join a forum about snails but here I am. I am here, because, well if you could not guess, I am Bella's mom. Bella is a very in quizzical child, 2.5 years old. She's in love with snails since she first watched the movie Turbo so we figured why not have a few pet snails for her.
We set up a small tank with some soil from the yard, created hiding places and caught some snails. We started with 2, she named them Turbo and Fast, still don't know who is who. She found a small one tonight and insisted it move in. The new snail is also Turbo or Fast. Again 2.5 years old, naming snails.
I am here because well, for those of you with kids know the care and responsibility falls on me. I want to care for these little guys and watch them flourish.
I am excited to learn and help these little guys thrive.
Now the big challenge is getting Bella to touch one. She is still kind of afraid, loves them but runs away screaming no if one is brought out to meet her.
So yea, genius idea for first pet. Sadly mom has no idea what to do.
Welcome to the forum! Snails make great pets, they're very low maintenance compared to many others.
Garden snails are usually very hardy too. Make sure they have soil (no pesticides and fertilizers, and should be a bit damp but not wet), a calcium source (cuttlefish bones are the best, but there are good alternatives such as limestone flour sold for horses), a bit of water on a shallow dish or lid for bathing, and some vegs (sweet potato is always great) and you're already on to a good start.
Then add some fake plants, a plastic flowerpot on its side for hiding, and you will see the snails play on them.
If you have any specific questions that the forum's search function doesn't seem to help with, please feel free to ask them.
Hey, cool! San Diego is just two hours south of me! You can find milk snails out in Rancho Bernardo, and there's a rumor going around that one (can't remember the specific one) of the coastal college campuses a little ways north of San Diego may have green garden snails. Have fun!
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