There are several types of snails that are currently bred at home as pets.
The most common questions from beginners in elitavto are the following types of questions: what are the snails home? what do snails eat? what is the content of snails? how do snails reproduce? what is the structure of snails? how many legs do snails have? how long do snails live? how do you know a snail is dead?
We will now try to answer all these questions briefly and clearly.
At home, now most often contain snails achatin or Achatina Fulica. They are also called large African snails. It should be noted that there are quite a lot of varieties of these snails. This alboretti, and Adeline, and owumi, and archachatina, and suturalis, etc.
Some are bred at home snail Helix Pomatia or in common-grape snail or garden snail. It is easy to find it after rain near roads and reservoirs.
River or forest snails are also kept in an artificial environment, but their care and maintenance will be much more difficult, since in order to achieve their reproduction, it will be necessary to maintain conditions close to natural.
Snails eat plant food: nettle, dandelion, clover, lettuce, cucumbers, tomatoes, zucchini, cabbage, carrots. Some snail breeders give snails mushrooms, tree bark, and even plain earth or peat. For proper growth of the shell of snails, they need calcium. The main source of calcium is special feed chalk, ground eggshells or compound feed for snails with calcium content.
The content of snails is quite simple.
First, it is necessary to maintain the desired temperature and humidity in the container for snails. Akhatins prefer temperatures from +21 °C to +26 °C, and humidity is not lower than 60-70%. If the container is dry, and the peat or moss that contains the snail is dry, then the snail will hide in its shell, and will wait until the humidity rises. As soon as you sprinkle it with water, it will gradually get out of its house and will delight you.
Secondly, you need a full meal. Since snails are nocturnal, they need to be fed in the late afternoon.
Third, snails are easiest to keep in transparent plastic containers, having previously made ventilation (holes in the side walls). The volume of containers is selected individually, for each type and number of snails. If the container is small, then you should not expect rapid growth of snails. It is important that the house of snails is in the shade, and it is impossible to get direct sunlight on it.
Reproduction of snails is quite an interesting process. Snails are hermaphrodites, that is, among snails it is impossible to distinguish male or female individuals. Snails mature to a certain level and are then ready to breed. On the neck of snails swells white bump – this place is mating snails and this is a signal that the snail is ready to reproduce. In unfavorable conditions, it is possible to slow down puberty.
The very process of reproduction of snails of various kinds has distinctive features, however, we can say that in general, snails are pressed together, moistened with special mucus and touch the genitals. There may be several attempts to stick lime needles into each other’s bodies, which are called “arrows of love”. After the mating process has been successful-the snails in this position freeze, and at this time fertilization occurs. The process is quite slow and can last several hours.
Let us describe the general characteristics of the structure of the snail.
A snail is a mollusk that consists of a shell and a body. The body consists of a head on which there are tentacles with eyes, a mouth, and, so-called, a snail’s leg. Many people ask the question: how many legs does a snail have? We answer-one leg!
To facilitate movement on various surfaces, the snail connects the work of glands that secrete a special mucus, which reduces friction and contributes to its easier movement. The snail also has a heart, digestive system, and nerve nodes.
Based on the conditions of keeping snails, they can live from 5 to 10 years. To understand that the snail has died, you need to put it under water and wait a little or just sprinkle it with water. If the snail does not crawl out of the shell for a long time, and its body has already begun to smell bad, then your clam has died, and it should be removed from the container so that microbes and bacteria do not multiply.