Giant African Land Snails are best kept in an appropriately sized plastic faunarium or glass terrarium.
They can average around 12-15cm in shell length so the enclosure must be sized appropriately according to this and the number of snails being kept.
They do not require a tall enclosure as they can climb up and risk dropping causing damage to the shell. Giant African Land snails require a temperature range between 20°c – 26°c. Sometimes a small heat mat may be required to maintain these temperatures this is best placed on the back or sidewall up one end to allow a gradient.
Never place your tank in direct sunlight, near radiators or put it in busy areas of the home e.g. doorways, hallways, or in cold rooms. A quiet, shaded and warm room is best.
Substrate, Cleaning and Furniture
A peat or coco fibre-based substrate along with a layer of sphagnum moss works well to retain moisture to maintain required humidity levels of 60-70%.
Substrate should be deep enough that the snail(s) can completely bury themselves. Spray the substrate daily but take care not to soak the substrate or let it dry out. It should feel damp but not saturated.
Substrate should be inspected frequently and old food/ mess should be removed. Snail trails can be wiped down using a clean cloth and warm water. The enclosure should be fully cleaned and substrate replaced every 4-6 weeks or as and when required.
Décor can be provided with artificial plants and cork bark or driftwood to give more dimensions to the enclosure. Just take care to make sure it is secure and positioned carefully so the snail can’t climb and risk dropping from a height.
Feeding, Handling and Health
Fresh food should be available daily and removed the following day or once it starts to go bad.
Giant African land snails prefer a diet of dark leafy greens but other fruits and vegetables can be offered. We tend to offer spring greens, butternut squash and cucumber.
Other food items you can offer include: Apple, pear, banana, blueberry, cabbage, carrot, courgette, kale, bell pepper, and strawberries to name a few. Although snails will get the majority of their water through the food they eat, a small shallow dish of fresh water must be available at all times. Cuttlefish should be offered at all times this is an essential source of calcium to ensure healthy shell growth.
To handle your snail first you must ensure your hands are clean and wet. Gently lift the snail with its shell (be careful to not grab it from the growing part of the shell as this can be quite brittle) and support it on your hand as soon as possible. If the snail is on the side of the enclosure carefully spray water around it and gently slide it up and off the side while also supporting the shell. Always remember to wash your hands after.
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