Posted May 04, 2013
I owned these animals as a classroom pet when I taught science to lower elementary children. We kept them in a very large tank (about 5 feet high), filled with living plants, dirt, and a small dish of water. Feeding snails are easy, a few fresh vegetables kept them happy, and after a few days, I just switched the old leftovers with fresh stuff. The plants gave the snails plenty of places to hide, which sometimes made it hard for the kids to see them, but they slept on the walls often enough for it not to be a problem.
Snails don't bite (they don't have teeth, only a hard tongue), and they will crawl on clean hands (salty hands make them unhappy). If you keep them happy in a tank, they'll breed and keep your tank going for as long as you'd like. You can also always find more snails outside during a big rain.
They make great pets for kids who don't want something that needs attention or constant energy to keep happy. Just make sure they're home is warm, and you keep them stocked with food. I highly recommend these to teachers--the kids LOVED watching them and being responsible for their food changing.