Hello! I have recently become a happy keeper of 4 garden snails, (Cornu aspersum / helix aspersa ) and they have been doing well!
I wanted to get some some foliage to crawl on and purchased a small amount of Cushion moss having read somewhere that it was a safe bet. However I cannot find that article again and now Im paranoid about trying to add a small amount to their enclosure. Is this variety safe for them? and if so is there any way to clean it to the point of sterilizing it in case of any harmful pests?
Post by tweenytwinkies on Jul 21, 2020 15:48:23 GMT
Perhaps rinse it under warm water to get the unwanted bacteria off. I use terrarium sphagnum moss and it’s very clean. You can use some soil but I have a hard time finding soil with no fertiliser in it. You can also use leaves and grass for some cushioning.
I think you can microwave it to sterilize it, or pour boiling water on it. It will likely kill the moss, but at least you'll know there's nothing harmful in it. If you want live moss, why not buy some moss spores and grow your own? That way you know it's clean.
As for whether it's safe for them, I don't know(although I suspect it's fine) but snails are very good at sensing things that are bad for them anyway.