My giant African land snails are not eating any cuttlefish, I do have calcium powder and crushed eggshell, but they will only eat that if it’s mixed with a protein source, and i’m pretty sure they need more calcium than they need protein. Does anyone have any suggestions of how I can get them to start eating it again or what else I can do?
Post by SuspiciousBagel on Apr 25, 2022 19:29:58 GMT
Hi Amy, how long have you had your snail?
Snails self-regulate on calcium meaning they will just have a little every now and again when they feel like they need it, it is not like any food which they need on a regular basis and far more often. If you have had your snail only for a little while it is likely they haven't felt the need to eat any yet. And anyway, it is normal for snails to not eat calcium very often, especially if they are nearing or are adults. I hardly ever see mine eat calcium anymore, maybe they'll have a quick munch on it once every few weeks but that's it. They certainly don't need to have it more often than they need protein.
The self-regulating of calcium also means you shouldn't mix it with the protein or any food for that matter as that will stop them from being able to self-regulate and they will eat too much of it which can cause health problems like shell deformities or organ calcification. It'd only be necessary in some kind of life or death situation where, say, the snail had a very bad shell injury but was refusing to eat calcium and so could not heal it as well. I would say there's no need for you to worry unless they are a very young growing snail and the lack of calcium is visibly affecting their growth. It sounds like you have a great range of different calcium sources for your snail and I'm sure they'll have some eventually.
Hi, I’ve had my reticulata for almost two years, and I’ve had my marginata for almost a year, Thanks for warning me about mixing it in. I haven’t seen them eat any calcium by choice for months and I possibly saw my retic eating his own shell the other day. i’m not sure what to do.