Attack of the giant snails!

Credit: AnimalWire

They’re big, they’re slimy, and they’re eating their way across Florida. 

The giant African land snail (Achatina fulica) can grow as large as a rat. They live up to nine years and have the annoying habit of eating through stucco and plaster walls for the calcium they need to grow their baseball-size shells. 

anonymous asked:

Hello, I want to get my partner some Giant African Land Snails for his birthday/Christmas present but I'm not to sure what kind of set up they need. He's kept them before and they are his favourite animal. I don't want to ask him because he'll figure it out. What would you recommend?

Oh man, lucky you/your partner! I really love those guys and I read up a lot about them years ago after learning of their existence.

A lot of people keep them in bins to retain humidity but they can be kept in glass terrariums as well. Coco coir or plain topsoil are a good substrate, preferably a deep bed of 3” or so. Any decor should be snail safe, so no sharp edged from things like broken pots or rocks. Cork bark is a good naturalistic decor. Food should be put in a very shallow dish and they need a humidity of 60-80% (this depends on the species, though) and most are fine at room temperature.

So you’ll need

  • A tank (size depends on the snails, but a 10-20gal should work.
  • A lid
  • A spray bottle
  • Coco coir or topsoil (no fertalizers)
  • Cork bark
  • A shallow food dish (terra cotta works well. The dish they put under the actual pot to catch water is shallow and heavy, so it’s not easy to tip over)
  • An under tank heater and a rheostat (dimmer) but this depends on the species you keep.
  • A digital probe thermometer
  • A digital probe hygrometer
  • A background (optional)
  • Silk plants (optional)
  • A florescent light (optional)
  • Food
  • Cuttlebone (for calcium)

Good foods include the followings (always remember to rinse veggies and fruits!)

  • Kale
  • Collard greens
  • Romaine lettuce
  • carrot
  • green beans
  • zucchini
  • eggplant
  • broccoli
  • cabbage
  • mushrooms
  • parsnip
  • turnip
  • pumpkin
  • potato
  • apple
  • pear
  • apricot
  • banana
  • plum
  • strawberry
  • tomato
  • moist bread
  • ground pumpkin seeds
  • ground sunflower seeds
  • soaked dog kibble

And the list goes ooooon and on lol.

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