In domestic terrariums, humans contain turtles, lizards, newts, insects. Watching them is very interesting, especially after a busy day of work. Fatigue and nervous tension accumulated over the day, as the hand is removed. Particularly interesting snails Achatina.
We call Achatina an gastropod mollusk, which lives in tropical countries. His body is covered with a conical, spiral-twisted shell, not more than 10 centimeters long. Her color can be very different. It all depends on the habitat and diet of the snail. The most common is the yellow-brown shell, with dark stripes. In tropical countries, Achatina is considered a pest. All the fault of her addiction to sugar cane, the plantation of which it is badly damaged. In European countries and Russia, however, it cannot live, since it does not tolerate the cold. Here the snail is kept in domestic terrariums. Under natural conditions, it lives in river valleys and on the coast, where dense shrub thickets settle. Well, on agricultural land, we have already spoken.
The content of Achatina at home does not require any special expenses. You will need a terrarium, a volume of 10 liters, which is what kind of dishes, coconut substrate for bedding, lamps for heating, water tank, in which Achatina will bathe. Here, perhaps, that’s all. The most important thing is to keep the terrarium clean, to change the water in time, to avoid direct sunlight and drafts. It is desirable to arrange a dry branching branch in the terrarium, along which the snail will crawl with pleasure.
To make the snail feel comfortable, you need to maintain the temperature in the terrarium at 28 degrees. Humidity should also be high. To do this, periodically spray the walls of the terrarium with warm water. This procedure must be carried out carefully in order not to overdo it, and to prevent over-moistening of the litter. Wet bedding the snail does not like. In this case, it will climb on the walls of the terrarium. Too dry soil also does not suit her. In it, the snail will constantly dig in, trying to get to the water.
It is necessary to bathe a snail once in two days. Once in warm water, it relaxes and almost completely climbs out of the sink. She likes swimming very much. And, of course, do not forget about the coconut litter, which periodically needs to be changed.
Ahatin plant diet. You can feed them with lettuce, fruits, vegetables. They are very fond of apples, bananas, carrots, tomatoes. Do not give up watermelon. Tangerines and beets can be given little by little. At the same time carefully observe the reaction of the cochlea. If your treat is intact, then you need to eliminate it from the diet. But salted and smoked snails is strictly contraindicated.
Do not forget about vitamins and minerals that can be purchased at a specialized pet store. They are necessary for the snail to strengthen the shell. Alternatively, you can feed Ahatina crushed shell of chicken eggs.
Snails are nocturnal, and therefore they need to be fed in the evening and at night.
Which snail to choose?
It all depends on your financial capabilities and personal preferences. Of the huge number of species of snails, only six are suitable for home keeping. They include: giant Achatina, Fulika, Brown Achatina, Reticulum, Immaculus, Tiger. They are all about the same. The difference lies in the color shades of the shell and the features of its structure. Achatina tiger is the biggest snail. It grows up to 30 centimeters in length. But the reticulum shell is covered with a series of dark stripes and specks.
Achatina are hermaphroditic. Their sexual organ is represented by a small tubercle in the neck. They are ready to breed at the age of five. Snail lays eggs in a moistened soil. A month later, babies hatch from them. They eat as well as adult snails.
Snails can be sick. In this case, they refuse to eat and become lethargic. They may be ill for the following reasons:
the use of chemicals, salt, washing powders.
Injuries, damage to the shell.
Wrong temperature in the terrarium.
Exposure to mold and parasites.
Snails can hibernate. In this case, they are completely hidden in the sink, and corks the entrance to it. This behavior of the cochlea may be due to improper temperature conditions, unbalanced diet, stressful situation. The snail can sleep for about two months. Nothing wrong with that. You can wake her up quite easily by putting warm water for a few minutes.
You can buy a snail in the pet store. Snails live on average 10 years.