Posted Mar 17, 2014
Everybody thinks that snails are either boring or ugly, but they are not in fact!
I actually 'acquired' Gary when I had to do an invertebrate observation at my Uni (I study Biology). One of my friends picked him up from her garden.
I had never been particulary interested in snails before, but after studying them I realized they were much more than they appeared to be. First of all, I find it amazing that they are closer related to squids than to insects. Secondly, their eyed are really interesting to look at, and I love the fact that they can retract them. I also adore seeing them hide inside their shell.
Gary was especially funny to observe. He liked to eat a lot of things, from leaves to my cat's food. I had him in a tupperware with holes on the lid, and he liked to 'walk' through its walls a lot. Sometimes I took him out and let him 'walk' through a table or my hand: I found his movement through my hand to be very soothing, somehow. We were together for only one month but I really liked having him!
Eventually, I decided to set him free again one time that I had a lot of snails in my garden. I felt sad because I had him in a little tupper when he had so many mates to be with outside.
Keeping a snail is very different from keeping a cat or a dog (or any other mammal). They are not so friendly (you won't feel loved by them), but they are really easy to take care of, obviously you don't spend money on them and they are really interesting to look at! I think they make really good pets for children or curious people.