Posted Aug 15, 2014
A friend of mine introduced me to owning Garden Snails. I had many over a couple years during middle school and a few more as an adult a couple years ago. All you need is a "Critter Cage", a TINY amount of water in the bottom of the plastic cage as well as some sand (or dirt depending on where you live --in Florida, everything is sand...), leaves and thick sticks or rocks for climbing on. I fed them regular Romaine lettuce and misted the cage with a spray bottle regularly. Some of them I got when they were much larger and others I had from the time they were tiny and watched them grow. They surprisingly come in a couple different colors, I had many dark brown, light brown and even some red snails. They were always crawling all over the cage, leaving slime trails that they occasionally eat later. (Regular cleaning of the cage is needed, once every week or so depending on how many live in one cage.) At one point we took them outside on the driveway, and drew a straight shot race with lanes and everything and a short (5 inches give or take) race for the snails took about 15 minutes, if they all stayed course! They were without a doubt the easiest pet I ever had to take care of, and each had their own name and personality. I had one named for every Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles character in one cage, and many more in the other.