hello again. this morning I woke up and couldn't find my snail anywhere in his habitat. so I searched for him until I did find him and he was somewhat buried in the dirt (everything but his shell). I was worried and wanted to make sure he was okay, so I pulled him from the dirt and sprayed him to ensure he wasn't dry. When I set him back down, he went straight back to his hole. I think he's trying to hibernate, but I'm unsure. I guess my question is: should I let him? Will it be good for him?
Another note and something I worry about is that we were about to switch him to a new habitat. We need to replace his current one because it's been damaged and we just got the new one in the mail yesterday. If he's going to hibernate, I would rather him be in the new, undamaged enclosure than the one he is currently in.
I need advice. I'm still learning all of this and I'm worried.
What species is it? Many will sometimes try to hibernate in captivity, and some species like to bury more. In both cases it's not a huge deal to be concerned about if it's a snail from a temperate region. If no epiphragm (solid white "shield" of mucus protecting the shell opening) is present it can easily be moved into a new terrarium with no issues. I would say even if it does have an epiphragm it could still be moved and placed in a similar orientation and depth in soil.