How to Care for a Snail or Slug

Are you sick of pestering your parents for a dog or cat? Fish not good enough? Well Pet slugs and snails are perfect!


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    Find your snail or slug. Look under plant pots and inside pots that you may leave outside. For snails, check trees,flowers and damp areas like piles of leaves
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    Get a jar or hamster/reptile cage.
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    Place 1 to 2 inches (2.5 to 5.1 cm) of damp substrate on the bottom. Place some decaying leaves (dead leaves) on the soil and some other things like for example a tree branch. Spray the tank so the slug and snail can drink the droplets as it would do in the wild. Remember to clean it out often.
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    Feed your slug or snail mostly leaves and fruits and vegetables you may want to cut stuff such as apples, oranges (Eg)


  • Make sure to spray the environment two times a day. But do not over moisten.
  • Snails and ONLY snails need calcium. So if you want your snail to live longer, go to a pet store and buy a cuttlebone for your snail.
  • Your snail or slug may live longer in the terrarium.
  • You can find slugs under BIG tree pots. So if you have a tree growing in a pot on the ground, there may be many slugs under there. But no snails. Snails are a little harder to find.
  • Do not keep the snail in the jar forever. Make the terrarium bigger.
  • You can find slugs under decaying logs, rocks,ect.
  • They always like being in live plants and eating them.


  • Make sure your slug or snails food is clear of pesticides.
  • Be sure to wash your hands before and after you touch slugs and snails. The salt in our hands can hurt them.
  • Do not use cardboard or anything made of paper. They may eat it and it absorbs water, which is harmful for the snail/slug.
  • Be gentle with snails and do not pick them up by their shell if they are not willing - you don't want to hurt them.
  • Try not to place hard objects like stones in your terrarium, in case your snail falls down and breaks its shell by falling on it. If possible, go for something safer.

Things You'll Need

  • Terrarium or jar
  • Paper towels
  • Snail or slugs
  • Spray bottle or mister

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