How to Feed a Land Snail


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Choosing Healthy Foods for Your Snail

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    Source a variety of fruit and vegetables to feed your snail. Raw produce is the best food option for snails, as it contains the most nutrients and is easy to digest. Apple, aubergine, cucumber, carrot, tomatoes, and lettuce are cheap and easy options; however, any fruit and vegetables are fine.[1]

    • Give the snail a variety of fruit and vegetables to ensure that it gets a wide range of nutrients.
    • Feed the snail organic produce, as snails are sensitive to pesticides.
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    Peel the food into thin strips or cut it into 1 centimetre (0.39 in) cubes. This makes it easier for the snail to eat. Use a food peeler to shave thin strips off the fruit or vegetables. If the food can’t be peeled, use a sharp knife to cut it into thin slices or small cubes.[2]

    • Don’t worry about removing thin skins from fruit or vegetable such as carrots. Thick-skinned produce, such as bananas and pumpkins should be peeled to make it easier for the snail to eat the flesh.
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    Replenish the snail’s food supply when it runs out. The snails will stop eating once it has had enough. When you notice that the snail has eaten all of its food, simply give it some more fruit and vegetables.[3]

    • Over time, you will get used to how much the snail eats and will be able to plan accordingly.
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    Replace any uneaten food after 3 days to stop if from rotting. Most fruit and vegetables have a relatively short shelf life when they are kept out of the fridge. Replace the fresh produce regularly to stop it from going bad.[4]
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    Place a shallow dish of water by the snail’s food. The snail will drink the water and also bathe in it to keep its shell hydrated. Place no more than 1 centimetre (0.39 in) of water in the dish help prevent the snail from drowning in the water.[5]

    • Choose a heavy dish so that the snail doesn’t tip it over.
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    Leave a cuttlefish bone with the snail’s food to increase its calcium intake. In order to build and repair its shell, snails need calcium. The snail will absorb the calcium through its foot when it sits on top of the cuttlefish. Place the cuttlefish bone beside its food to help encourage them to sit on it.[6]

    • Purchase a cuttlefish bone from a pet shop.

 

Source: wikihow. com


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