skamvers  asked:

WANNA HEAR A FUN STORY okay its not fun at all i work in a reptile store and we also sell inverts and one woman was trying for what felt like 40 minutes to convince me that a giant african land snail was a baby tortoise hel p me p l e a se 'WHEN WILL IT GROW IT'S LEGS?' she asks . .. i jump into the void .. . 'it will not... it's a snail' ... 'EXCUSE ME MISS I KNOW WHAT A TORTOISE IS' .. . .

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.

Good reads

As everyone knows I have a hell of a lot of snails that are forever growing. Now because of this I cannot keep them all into adulthood, that would be to much to handle(to many tanks, to much feeding and God forbid if they had babies). Therefore if there is anyone who lives in the United Kingdom who would be willing to take them on and care for them (do your research first, good homes only, preferably people who have or already owned GALS please) then please contact me, thanks.