hello ! Do you have any advice for a first time snail purchaser?
i’m so happy that you’re interested in the wonderful world of snails! i would love to give you some advice.
getting ready for your new snails
snapartment (snail apartment)
before you adopt any snails, you should prepare a cozy home for them. i keep mine in a 10 gallon aquarium that works perfectly. if you decide to use this aquarium, i highly suggest you also get a cover like this. it’s not the exact one that i have, but i’m sure it will work great. next, you will need some kind of substrate. i use plain soil that i found at walmart for my snails, and i recently bought some coconut soil that i’m going to try out (ill post about that soon!) i also bought two succulents and planted them in the aquarium. succulents are great for snail habitats because they’re cute, they don’t need a lot of water or sun, and snails love to climb them! i found some rocks outside and washed them thoroughly in the sink and placed them in the aquarium as well, along with some glass stones which i also washed. i also added a little terra-cotta pot for them to crawl all over and hide in. the first couple of nights, snails would sleep inside of it, but now it’s old news to them and they just ignore it. i use a spray bottle to regularly mist the aquarium, as snails like their homes to be a little moist. i keep a shallow water dish in their home. it’s important to keep it shallow because snails can drown.
if you are going to get a giant african land snail, there are some different requirements, like a heat mat and a larger tank.
for feeding, i highly recommend using a mandoline like this one to prepare food for your snails. it makes thin slices that are easy for them to eat. my snails love carrot the most, but they are also fond of kale, asparagus, and mushrooms. all snaily food should be sliced into a little snaily size!!!
foods that snails can eat:
fish food soaked in water
strawberries (mine are not fond of strawberries, but many snails are!)
the darker the greens, the better! darker greens like kale have more chlorophyll which makes it healthier and more nutritious for snails (and humans!)
avoid cucumber. snails love cucumber, but sometimes they love it so much that they become “picky eaters” and will only want to eat cucumber.
have a designated eating area, above the ground. this makes clean up easier. plus, snails will learn where to go if they are hungry.
wash food before feeding. snails have survival instincts that will keep them from eating food treated with pesticides or chemicals. a lot of our food has those, so always give the food a nice rinse before preparing it
feed your snails once a day, and remove any food that they didn’t eat the next day.
give them clean water each day. they like to bathe, and sometimes the water can fill up with dirt, poop, or even slime. it’s just nice to replenish their water every day.
feed snails, especially babies, a variety of foods each day. otherwise they can become fussy eaters. snail babies who are introduced to many foods opposed to just one or two are healthier and live longer.
notice a soft shell? your snails need more calcium!!
i adopted my little garden snails from… a garden. i think looking for snails in nature is fun and a Good Time. i haven’t purchased a snail online (yet), but i know there are a few websites, and even shops on ebay, that sell snails. snails are social dudes that like having friends so probably buy more than one.
the snails are HERE
⚡️always wash your hands thoroughly before and after handling snails!! ⚡️
snails have personalities. some are shy while others are little party people. if your snail is not coming out of his shell, don’t worry. try massaging their foot or lightly spraying them with water. give them some time to adjust to their new crib.
if you notice any eggs in the soil, crush them or boil them or freeze them, unless you want hundreds of little cute baby snails that you cannot practically care for but will inevitably become emotionally attached to.
if your snail bubbles up when you try to touch or hold them, don’t worry, they are not dying. this is what snails do when they are anxious. just give your snails some time to get used to you.
one thing i’ve noticed, at least with my snails, is that they will immediately try to escape their new home before settling in. i imagine it like a human being locked in a luxury hotel. at first, they’ll try to get out, because that’s the instinct… but once they realize they’re stuck in there for a while, they’ll probably take advantage of all the amenities like the food and the pool and everything else.
your snail friends will learn who you are and recognize you by your scent. snails are good little sniffers. i’ve had snails who love to be held and pet by me, but bubble up when held by anyone else.
if a snail is sticky-stuck to something, DONT pull on their shell!!! slide the snail along the glass and eventually they will let go. if you must lift a snail, lift from their head because that is the stickiest part and less likely to hurt.
be sure to clean the tank at least once a week.
bonding with the snail dudes
my snails love me. i’m sure your snails will love you as well. at first, they might be scared of you, but soon they’ll recognize you as the big warm thing that gives them food and love. once your snail is comfy with you and likes to crawl on your hand, try petting them. start by gently petting their shell. they love it. you can also gently stroke their little bodies and heads, but don’t poke their eyes please. it hurts them and makes them sad. if you accidentally poke em, don’t worry too much, they’ll forgive you.
SNAILS LOVE CLIMBING. ok this is probably my favorite thing that snails do. when holding a snail, try to putting a finger or two directly above their head. they will get really excited and CLIMB UP ONTO YOUR FINGERS. they just love climbing. one of my little snails, rocco, loves climbing the most. he will lift up his entire head and body in hopes that i will give him a finger to climb on. when i put him back in the tank, he will immediately climb wherever he can, especially onto another snail. be attentive. snails sometimes get really excited about climbing. rocco has fallen off of my hand from trying to climb when there wasn’t anything to climb on.
there is nothing cuter than a snail drinking out of a sink. while i opt to give my snails bottled water 99% of the time, i can’t resist letting them drink tap water every now and then because it is so cute. take your (awake) snail to the sink. turn it on so it is barely running, but not just dripping. have it warm or lukewarm if you can. put your hand close to water. your snail will be very confused for a moment, but then they will drink and shower under the water. it is very good.
cute and good snail quirks
when a snail decides they want to go somewhere, they GO. they don’t rly understand the concept of going around things, they just GO. so, when a snail wants to go, they will climb over literally anything in the way, whether it be the entire water dish, a pile of food, or another snail who is trying to eat or sleep… the snail will just GO until they get to THE THING.
snails are a little dumb. they will learn where the food and water is, and they will get very confused if they go to the spot and there is no food/water. i have come home to find a snail just sitting in the empty water dish, waiting for the water to show up. it’s cute.
i’ve been holding a snail as i’ve typed this and the little dude FELL ASLEEP on my HAND. he trusts me!!!! he trusts me to keep him safe and to stop him from falling. oh my goodness, live tweet, he is just now waking up. he is peeping his little eyes out. i love this snail.
snails can’t hear… but i still tell them i love them bc i need to vocalize it.
snails are most active at night and will eat/drink the most then.
snails keep all their important organs in their shell, so don’t try to remove it or paint it!!
My teacher suggested I screenprint some tee shirts of that LEGALIZE IT post about african giant land snails. It’s a really specific joke that only like… snail enthusiasts would understand and i don’t know who’d buy it but I really want to print them now. Idk when I’d get a chance to though.
It would literally just be a drawing of a snail and the words “legalize it” and it would be great.
yo after impulse buying 3 mystery snails and having them ruin my planted tank let me tell you. they poop so much. more than you can ever imagen.
they breed; in like 2 weeks i went from having 3 to having a billion snails.
ill give them some credit they are dorky and incredibly cute.
say no. Fish will bite the worm-like gills of axolotls. Even bottom feeder fish
like Plecos will try to feed on the axolotls. Large snails might attach
themselves to the axolotls, or might get eaten by the axolotl and impact its
digestion. For the sake of your axolotl, please don’t keep anything else in the
tank with it.
Keeping Axolotls Together:
and female axolotls will mate throughout the year, and the female can lay
several hundred eggs at a time. Same-sex pairs of similar sized adult axolotls
are okay to keep together as long as they each have their own places to hide by
themselves. Larger axolotls may bully, or even try to eat, smaller axolotls, so
only keep adults together if they are within about 1” of each other’s size.
yearly average water temperature where the axolotls are native is about 70° F,
and this is a fine temperature to keep axolotls at all year long. Water
temperatures over 75° F are stressful for the axolotl. To aid in cooling your
tank, leave the lid part-way open to allow some water to evaporate, and keep
the tank out of direct sunlight.
prefer low light levels, and benefit from having a steady day/night cycle. To
help yourself out with this, place a timer on the light’s outlet, and set it
for 12 hours light and 12 hours dark. Give the axolotl plenty of dark hiding
spaces, and add plants (preferably live plants) to help diffuse the light.
prefer still or slow-moving water, so if you choose to run a filter in your
tank, try to diffuse the water flow with decorations or plants. Axolotls are
more active in calm water.
benefit from water with a pH between 6.8 and 7.4, and need some mineral content
in their water or else they will become anemic. To balance your water’s pH and
to keep mineral content high, filter your water before adding it to your tank
(this can be done with a filtered refrigerator tap or a Brita-style water
filter on your sink tap), and to this water add:
tsp aquarium salt
tsp Epsom salt
level tsp baking soda
5 gallons of water.
aid in water filtration, consider adding live plants, which absorb some of the
waste produced by the axolotl.
with any aquarium, make sure to add beneficial bacteria, which can be purchased
at any fish shop, and cycle the tank BEFORE adding the axolotl. If unsure about
how to cycle a tank, speak with a professional at your local fish shop.
your water before adding it to your aquarium will remove any chlorine, which
can kill an axolotl. Bottles of chlorine-remover can be purchased, but these
only cause chemical reactions to produce chlorinated plastics or metals, and do
not actually remove the chlorine from the water. A safer way to remove chlorine
is to either filter the water ahead of time, as mentioned above, or let the
water sit in an open bucket for 24 hours and let the chlorine evaporate.
use gravel in an axolotl tank. Axolotls eat by sucking in large amounts of
water, and in doing so, can accidentally ingest anything near the food. The
gravel will impact the axolotl’s digestion and may even kill it. As a good rule
of thumb, NEVER put anything smaller than your axolotl’s head in its tank. This
includes gravel, stones, snails, decorations, and so on. Aquarium sand (not
playground sand) is great for axolotls, or a bare tank bottom will suffice too.
The only problem with a bare tank bottom is that the axolotls have trouble
gripping it, and moving might become stressful to them.
can swim pretty vigorously, and are known to thrash when they eat, so don’t put
anything in their tank with sharp edges or rough surfaces. This includes the
edges of PVC pipes, splintery driftwood, sharp rocks, and even some fish tank
decorations. If you notice a cut on your axolotl, run your finger along
everything in their tank and remove any sharp object you find. Even if it’s not
sharp in your mind, it may be too sharp for the axolotl’s soft skin.
will say that adult axolotls only need to eat every other day or so, but it’s
best to feed them smaller portions daily. To get a handle of how much your
axolotl needs to eat, keep feeding it until it no longer seems interested in
food. Remove any uneaten food within 30 minutes or your water will become
scientific study published by the Journal of Veterinary Behavior proved juvenile
axolotls grow fastest on a diet of bloodworms, but this diet is best for
juveniles and not so much for adults. Axolotls have little holes in their heads
behind their gills to let water flow in and out when they eat, and tiny
bloodworms will flow right out through these holes.
best food for adult axolotls is earthworms. If you choose to find your own
worms outside, be sure to avoid taking them from anywhere sprayed with
fertilizer, pesticides, or herbicides. While you’re out looking, slugs also
make a nice meal for axolotls. To clean off the food you collect, fill a small cup
with your tank’s water and let the worms and slugs sit in it for a few minutes,
but be sure to cover the cup! This will remove any excess dirt from the food.
Store-bought worms are great too, but axolotls can be picky and might not like
the kind you buy. Some don’t like Canadian Nightcrawlers, some don’t like Red
Wigglers. I’ve had the best luck with “Dillies,” sold as fishing bait at most
tackle shops. Some people have had luck feeding axolotls sinking trout pellets,
but I have never tried this.
NOT feed your axolotl the following: fish, other amphibians, mealworms, snails
you catch yourself, any bug with more than 6 legs, spiders, anything that may
be venomous, beef heart or any mammalian protein. This list is not exhaustive.
Use common sense when feeding your axolotl. Avoid purchasing live aquatic worms
from pet stores, as they may be contaminated with parasites.
internet is a valuable tool for researching animal care, but remember that
there is a lot of misinformation out there. Axolotl.org is a great resource for
specific information about axolotls. Caudata.org is a good message-board about
amphibian care, but not everyone there knows what they’re talking about. The
same goes for any amphibian-related groups on social media: it’s hit or miss
trying to find someone with good information.
There are a few good books about
axolotl care, but most are outdated. These include Developmental Biology of the Axolotl (scholarly article compilation
from 1989), Axolotls: Care and Breeding
in Captivity (Peter Scott 1995), and any of several books about general
Warnings- Smut in future parts. Just swears in this one.
I’m mixing two requests into one. This is Part One of unknown. Enjoy!
Hey love! Could you write something for Draco following the lyrics of Sex by The 1975? Like the Slytherin reader has a boyfriend but she’s not super into him, and Draco is into her and likes the challenge. They mess around in secret but then end up together (the secret gets out or they find themselves actually falling in love) idk something like that, you can take the idea wherever ❤️
hi could you write a imagine about the reader finding out Draco’s Dark Mark and helping him through his nightmares and his darkest days…?
Your mother made you date him. She came up with some excuse about how it was up to you as their only child. Dating him was the perfect way to bring back your families name into the light. Your father was one of the lower death eaters on the chain so in your mother’s eyes, he was a failure. You were going to fix all of this. When her mother chose your father for her she was young and hopeful. She grew up in a highly regarded family in the dark wizarding community.
So when your father turned out to be a dud in the eyes of the dark lord she put all her faith in you to restore her name. Well, she actually put all her faith in your older brother. But after he ran away from home to be apart of Muggle culture she insisted he was dead to her.
As you stood in the hall of the Malfoy manor you let your new boo continue on of how he was recently reading a great book of snails you let your mind wander. He was a nice enough guy but watching paint dry was more fun than being with him. His name was Gideon Scalby. An atrocious last name aside, his father was near the top of the ministry. He had the power to find information out about Hogwarts and it’s going on’s. His mother was a proper lady who lived the life your mother had pined for all her childhood.
So I'm doing my GCSEs at the moment, any facts about those to cheer me up?
For those of my readers who don’t know, the GCSE, or “General Certification of Snail Erudition (Snerudition)” is a test given by the European Gastropodial Commission to confirm expertise in snail behavior, biology, and function (Snehavior, Sniology, and Snunction).
Anyone about to take the GCSE is naturally already an expert in snails (a Snexpert), but this top tier certification allows the bearer to perform the solemn and nearly religious rites and exercises of snail husbandry (Snusbandry), or snail breeding (Sneeding).
My only advice to someone heading into the GCSE is of course to brush up on your knowledge of snails (Snowledge) and to spend some time with actual snails. This snail time (Snime) will help you gain a familiarity with the snails (Snamiliarity) and let you observe first hand the snail activity (Snacktivity) that you will soon be certified (Snertified) to manipulate (Snipulate). Remember that snails are not just your subjects (Snubjects) but your new friends (Snends). If you don’t respect the snails, you can quickly find yourself abusing their snail trust (Snust), and losing their snail affection (Snefection). You may even find yourself hanging out with the wrong kind of snails- Snail gamblers (Snamblers), snail criminals (Sniminals) or even the makers of snail snuff films (Snuff films).
You will soon wield a great snail power, and with great Snower comes great Snesponsibility. So take your snail tests (Snests) and earn your Snertification, and may you live a long, happy, and prosperous life among the snails- Live Snong, and Sprosper.
And fuck my spell check for autocorrecting every goddamn fucking snail word I typed in this fucking thing. Sneriously…
Some of my snail eggs started hatching today! I read somewhere, that the first time snails lay eggs, the babies aren’t usually survive or alive at all, so I guess this is beginner’s luck here, (never had snail eggs before) so I’m quite proud of myself! (You know, it’s the small things that matter; for example tiny snail babies :D)