Achatina terrarium for snails can be made from a conventional aquarium. The minimum size is 10 liters per Achatina. The larger the aquarium, the larger your Achatina will grow. The terrarium must have a lid, as snails can crawl out of it. It is advisable to create small holes in the lid for better oxygen supply, or even better. insert a metal mesh. In extreme cases, simply lifting the lid will help to make a small gap. Terrarium can be made of glass or plastic.
At the bottom of the aquarium you need to lay a bed of sand, bark of conifers, sawdust or peat. Any of these types of litter has its pros and cons, but it is better to use coniferous bark. It is easy to wash, easy to obtain, and the dirt on it is less visible. You can make a small bath with fresh water, Achatina love to swim. It is important that the depth of the bath does not allow the snail to choke. In general, Achatina snails crawl well under water, but, unexpectedly falling into the bath from above, a small Achatina can drown from fear. Be sure to ensure that the bath is stable and does not turn over if the Achatina snail begins to dig into the ground next to it, otherwise the water will flow, which will have bad consequences.
The temperature and humidity necessary for snails Achatina approximately coincide with the conditions in an ordinary apartment.
Soil moisture is calculated empirically. If Achatina are constantly sitting on the walls of the terrarium, this suggests that there is too much water.
If Achatina prefer to clog (evidence hides in the sink and closes with a lid), on the contrary, it is too dry. With normal soil moisture, Achatina crawl along its surface at night, and often dig into it during the day. To maintain humidity, it is necessary to spray the soil and the walls of the terrarium from the spray gun at least once a day.
To wake up a closed snail, you need to pour water over its mouth and gently remove the lid or simply put it in a terrarium with permissible humidity. You need to wash the terrarium at least once a week. An exception is the terrarium for laying eggs, which must be cleaned without water, so that the humidity does not change and the masonry is not damaged.
It is best to keep small Achatina without soil, and lay them with cabbage or lettuce leaves, thereby making it possible for snails to find food and for easier care of the terrarium.
In a terrarium, you need to maintain a warm, humid climate (25-28 degrees). However, it is not necessary to heat the terrarium: snails also tolerate room temperature, but their playfulness is slightly reduced. Periodically, you need to moisten the walls of the terrarium and the soil with a conventional sprayer for flowers: snails drink water from the walls of the terrarium, licking drops. Also, after feeding, Achatina must be watered, for this it is also enough to moisten the walls of the terrarium with a spray gun. For the same reasons of humidity, you still have to get a sprayer for flowers. A huge advantage of using a sprayer is that it is less likely to overmoisten the soil and "fill" the snails that have fallen asleep in it.
Also in the terrarium a bowl of water does not hurt, where the snail will bathe and drink. As it becomes soiled, change the water and wash the bowl.
Achatina can be kept in a cubic terrarium with a rib of 40 cm. Of course, you can adapt the tank and a different shape and size, but better not less than the volume and with a not very narrow bottom.
Close the terrarium so that it is not only well ventilated, but the humidity in it is kept constant. Those. well suited to cover with glass, but leave a small hole (so that the snails could not squeeze through the sink).
For heating the terrarium, it is easiest to use an ordinary incandescent bulb, and it is best if it is installed from below, but there is nothing wrong with heating from above or from the side. By warming the terrarium, you need to achieve the atmosphere in it that happens in the bathroom when someone just took a shower there. It is not necessary to constantly heat the snails: at room temperature, nothing bad will happen to them, unless they are not so active. Snails do not like direct sunlight. If the temperature is above 35 degrees, Achatina can also fall asleep.
At the bottom of the terrarium there should be soil in which the snails could not only dig themselves, but also lay eggs. A layer of 5-7 cm is enough for them. This soil should consist of peat, sand and humus, mixed in certain proportions. Ideal Coconut soil (or coconut substrate) or another, without adding fertilizer. At the bottom, you can lay out the drain so that the soil breathes and evaporates excess moisture.
You need to clean the terrarium once every 1-2 weeks. wipe the walls with a hard sponge, without chemicals, you can bathe the snail under the tap (they love it very much) and clean the sink with a soft brush. You can not completely immerse Achatina in water, so that he does not suffocate. At least once a year, it is necessary to carry out a general cleaning of the terrarium, completely changing the entire soil in it.