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    How to Care for Giant African Land Snails

    Giant African Land Snails are native to East Africa. They grow to 25cm / 10" in length. In countries where they can be legally kept, they can make good pets, as they are relatively low maintenance and fascinating to watch. Unfortunately, they sometimes get accidentally released into the environment, where they can become a serious pest to agriculture. [edit] Steps

    1. Keep your snail in a well-ventilated glass or plastic tank. Ensure that it has a secure lid. One snail needs a tank about 40 centimeters by 25 cm by 25 cm / 16" x 10" x 10".

    2. Fit a heat mat with a thermostat and thermometer at the back of the tank to check the temperature is kept at about 25C / 77F.

      • Place a thermostat sensor over the heat source.

    3. Line the floor with a thick layer of substrate. Use material such as cocoa fiber. This should to be kept damp. Don't use soil from your garden, as it may contain stones or chemicals.

    4. Provide bark for your pet to climb and hide under.

    5. Spray the tank every other day with warm water to maintain the level of humidity at 60-70%. This can be checked with a hygrometer.
    6. Handle with care.

      • Snails should be picked up gently by their shells. It is best to pick them off the floor rather than when they are stuck tightly to the glass.

      • Snails don't mind being handled but make sure your hands are clean and damp, as sweat or chemicals are easily absorbed by your snail, and can be harmful.

    7. Feed your giant snail leafy greens every day such as lettuce, cabbage and spinach. All vegetables should washed to remove all traces of chemicals. Remove any food that hasn't been eaten within a day.

      • Snails need calcium. Provide a cuttlefish bone, natural chalk or crushed eggshells for an easy source of calcium for the snail.

      • They will need a shallow bowl of fresh water, but can drown if it is deeper than a few millimeters.

    8. Clean the tank of snail trails and change the substrate every week. Wash the tank only with warm water as detergents may be harmful.

    9. Keep your snail healthy. Your snail should have few health problems if kept in the right conditions. It is critical that it is not exposed to any chemicals around the home. If the environment is too hot, cold or dry, your snail will hide and become inactive, and a membrane may form over the aperture of the shell. A healthy snail has a clean, unbroken shell, and no unusual lumps or patches on its body.

    [edit] Tips
    • Giant African Land Snails are hermaphrodites (male and female sex organs); if you keep more than one snail together, they will breed rapidly and you could end up with up with 500 - 600 snails in just one year.

    [edit] Warnings
    • Check local regulations before obtaining this snail as a pet. Giant African Land Snails are illegal in the United States and Canada. Contact your local agriculture officials or the USDA if you have one, or see them offered for sale in the United States. In Canada, contact the CFIA. See USDA document on Giant African Snails.
    • Keep the tank away from direct sunlight, radiators, draughts and chemicals such as fly sprays.
    • Never release any type of exotic animal into the local wild population. Seek assistance from your local pet shop.

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    what??? snails? are these the edible type??(escargot)


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