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What is a snailarium?

Sophie’s snailarium

A snailarium is simply a terrarium which will home your garden snails. Snailariums are a nice way to keep snails as pets. It also makes a nice project for children so they can observe the snails up close. Snails are quiet and require very little maintenance. You can also keep injured snails in a snailarium temporarily while they heal (which can take several months to heal completly). Please see the tips on this page for caring for an injured snail: https://snailhunters.com/snail-care-injured

Snailarium tips:

You can find lots of instructions for building the perfect snailarium by searching online. Below are some important tips.

  • Never put the snailarium in direct sunlight!
  • When making a snailarium, just about any viewable container that is large enough will do. It can be plastic or glass. Make a removable lid out of breathable fabric such as cheesecloth, cut holes in a plastic lid, or even use mesh screen. Just make sure the holes are small enough so smaller snails can’t escape. Also make sure it’s proportionally big enough depending on how many snails you are housing. There aren’t really any rules, but a single snail can live comfortably in gallon size tank or terrarium. They will need space to hide too.
  • Add plants, sticks or other organic material to make the snail feel more comfortable. Snails love to climb.
  • Add a shallow dish of water for them to drink or play in. (The water should be dechlorinated, or use collected rain water). The dish should be shallow. Snails can drown. Be sure to change the water once a day. They also enjoy being misted lightly with a spray bottle once a day or so. Misting is a good way to keep the snailarium moist enough.
  • Snails need calcium. Be sure to give them some egg shells or calcium block (which can be found at most pet stores) to eat along with the fruit and veggies.
  • Be sure to wash your hands thoroughly after handling snails. It is best to wear protective gloves. Not all snails are infected, but they can carry Rat lungworm and other pathogens that can be transmitted to humans.

    * Note: The snailariums on this page are for garden or land snails, not for aquatic snails.

Pretty much an enclosure, some substrate, a food set up, and a water bowl are all you need. Pet garden snails aren’t fussy about their home but you can dress it up a bit to make it seem more natural.

Read more at Gardening Know How: What Is A Snailarium – How To Care For Pet Garden Snails https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/projects/snailarium.htm

Do you have your own snailarium?

If you have your own snailarium and would like us to post your pictures, please use the contact form to submit them. Check out the photos below from snail hunter Sophie of her snailarium! Thanks for letting us share your photos Sophie!

Pretty much an enclosure, some substrate, a food set up, and a water bowl are all you need. Pet garden snails aren’t fussy about their home but you can dress it up a bit to make it seem more natural.

Read more at Gardening Know How: What Is A Snailarium – How To Care For Pet Garden Snails https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/projects/snailarium.htm

Photos on this page are © Sophie R. Used with permission.