Post by thelittlebuckaroo on May 9, 2017 19:06:23 GMT
Hi! Im a homeschool mom with an (almost) 3 year old who wants to learn about snails! We brought one of the many snails in the backyard indoors and we're trying to learn about it and make a good home for it. Any advice is welcome! Thanks
From what I can find on google its a Helix aspersa .... Or brown garden snail. There's probably a hundred more in my backyard LOL.
I'll try to figure out how to post a picture, I only have Internet on my phone and this site didn't want to let me change my avatar without a computer
From your profile picture it definately does look like a Helix Aspersa (which is infact known as the common or brown garden snail). Though, if you live in the UK, its unlikely to be anything else to be fare. Id advise keeping a pair rather than just the one. They are more active when theirs more than one and I should imagine happier (though I'm not a snail so couldn't say this was factual). Children find the egg laying and hatching process very interesting and love releasing the young once they emerge from the substrate. If your new to snail keeping, you will likely enjoy it to, well.......... new or not, it never really gets boring.
Post by thelittlebuckaroo on May 15, 2017 19:44:01 GMT
LOL well this is timely! I had actually been reading that they do better with friends so found another one Saturday night to put in. This morning I picked up the new snail to check on it because it wasn't moving and much to my surprise there was a clutch of eggs there! So I guess we are now breeding snails!
I have a gallon icecream pail set up right now with garden soil as a base, some sticks, a 4 inch round, maybe 1/2 inch deep lid for water.
We've been feeding them grass and herbs from the backyard, mostly dandelion, plantain (both leaf types) and clover. Then any vegetable scraps that come up that aren't on the don't list.
Definitely Helix Aspersa. Nice little dude you've got there! As for the habitat, I would recommend something larger (I have always spoiled my snails, so you can make of that what you will). A cheap storage container from Walmart or something like it works wonders. Wish you luck!