- Terrarium purchase. before or after
- How to choose a terrarium for Achatina snail
- Where better to place a terrarium with a snail
- How to care for a terrarium
- Is it possible to release a snail outside the terrarium
The choice of terrarium for snail Achatina
The health of an Achatina snail, how long it will live in your house, and whether it will bring offspring to you. it all depends on the conditions in which the Achatina snail lives. Therefore, today we decided to dwell in more detail on how to equip a house for Achatina, and how to make her stay in your house as comfortable and safe as possible for this land mollusk. So, be patient and today we will learn about how to equip a terrarium for Achatina.
Terrarium purchase. before or after
Very often, those people who are just planning to get an Achatina snail at home (you can read about the features of its maintenance and care here), ask Is it worth buying a terrarium in advance, or is it necessary to wait for the appearance of a snail in your house and only then proceed with the arrangement of its home. Well, if you are really interested in making the Achatina snail comfortable and comfortable from the very first day, take care of purchasing the terrarium in advance. That is, until the moment you bring the snail to Achatina to your house. the terrarium should be bought, equipped and the most optimal installation site should be chosen for it. Also, you must first take care to learn how to properly care for the snail and how to feed the mollusk.
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How to choose a terrarium for Achatina snail
As a terrarium for a mollusk, you can use any glass (old aquarium) or plastic container that would have a lid with small openings for ventilation. It is preferable that the terrarium itself be of a horizontal type, its volume should be at least 10 liters, based on a 1-well large snail Achatina. Of course, 3 liters will be enough for a small snail, but in order for the mollusk to grow and develop and not feel constrained in space. immediately take care of the large terrarium. The optimal volume, of course, will be the volume of 15-20 liters. then, your Achatina will certainly not be crowded.
We talked about the fact that the terrarium should be closed with a lid and that it should have openings for ventilation. So, note that snails love to crawl along the walls and roof of the terrarium, and such a “window” into the world. like a ventilation hole, they can use as an option to escape, therefore, think that the holes should be smaller the size of the snail itself, or take care to pull a special mesh on the lid of the terrarium, which will let air through, but will not allow the Achatina to escape from her house.
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Achatina snails are thermophilic creatures, therefore, at low temperatures, the mollusk feels bad and can even become ill and die. In order to prevent this from happening, you must ensure that the terrarium is heated. So, the most comfortable temperature for such mollusks is considered to be a temperature of 26-28 degrees above zero Celsius. over, such a temperature regime should be constant and without hesitation. Since, lowering the temperature, and then its sharp jump, can negatively affect the health of Achatina, its growth and reproduction processes.
In the summer season, when the room temperature is high. make sure that the Achatina does not overheat, as this can even lead to the death of your exotic pet.
For your peace of mind and for the safety of Achatina, be sure to hang a thermometer inside the terrarium to monitor the temperature inside it.
Your snail Achatina, if you have time to notice. a fan of nightlife. Therefore, do not be surprised that she can sleep during the day, but closer to the evening. wake up and activate. Additionally, it is not worth highlighting the terrarium at night. However, as on a cloudy day. The light in this case is more likely to be needed for you so that you have the opportunity to watch your favorite, and she sees perfectly in the dark.
Well, it’s better to protect Achatina from direct sunlight, therefore, do not put the terrarium on the sunny windowsill. snails are not one of those creatures who like to soak up the sun.
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Not the right choice of soil for a terrarium
We devoted one of the sections of our main publication on snails Achatina and their maintenance at home to the selection of soil for the terrarium; therefore, we will not repeat it. Let’s just say that well-established coconut substrate. It retains moisture well, which is necessary for snails, and it can be purchased without any problems in any pet store. As for what thickness of soil is still better to pour, then this choice should depend on the size of the cochlea itself. the larger it is. the thicker the soil layer, however, be guided so that the cochlea can completely dig into it if it so want to. If the snail is large and the terrarium is not very tall, and you don’t have much coconut filler, you can take the trick. lay the bottom layer with moss or chopped bark from non-coniferous trees, but make the top layer of coconut filler However, it is often not recommended to resort to such a cunning way out of the situation with the filler too much.
By the way, before you pour coconut substrate on the bottom of the terrarium. Do not forget to pour such briquette with boiling water, then cool it and rinse using gauze or a sieve, dry it and only after that it can be poured into the terrarium. This is necessary so that you do not worry about the fact that the substrate for the terrarium can cause snail disease.
As a filling option, you can offer horse peat or ordinary land, but before using them to fill the terrarium, it will be necessary to calcine in the oven and make sure that their pH level is not less and not more than 5-7.
You can also experiment with home-made mixtures of peat, earth and sand. In this case, you will need to select a balance of proportions in such a way that such soil holds moisture well, lets air in and is loose enough so that the snail can dig into it.
As for the use of flower mixtures as a filler for a terrarium, here, we would recommend that you be careful. Very often, such mixtures are saturated with fertilizers to improve plant growth, but only such chemistry is unlikely to be useful to your achatine. It’s not your flower, therefore, it’s better not to risk it.
And, that’s what you can’t use as a soil for a terrarium. it’s paper, fabric, sawdust and pebbles.
Additional snail accessories
You will need to take care to arrange a comfortable stay of the snail in the terrarium. To do this, get a drinker, feeder, pool and sink for which the snail can hide from prying eyes. Be sure to ensure that all accessories for the cochlea are made of their soft materials, for example, made of food-grade plastic and in no case should glass objects, stones or any other hard and sharp objects be in the terrarium. A snail can fall on them and damage its body or shell, and this can subsequently not only cause injury to your pet, but also her death.
You can also plant a “botanical garden” for Achatina in the terrarium. to sow lettuce, grass for cats, the main thing is that among this green was not poisonous, because sometimes the mollusk may want to feast on young shoots. Also, you can decorate the terrarium landscape with the help of twigs, picturesque snags or tree bark. All this should be natural and disinfected. Well, if you decide to add moss as a litter. then, before you lower it into the terrarium. Soak it in water for 24 hours in order to remove from it all the microorganisms harmful to your achatina.
Also, you will need to purchase a spray gun to moisten the terrarium. So, once a day spray the walls of the house of the snail. However, do not overdo it. if, the snail is constantly sitting on the walls of the terrarium, then the humidity in it is too high, which is also bad for it. Well, if on the contrary, she constantly hides in the sink. the humidity indicator is low. If the snail actively behaves at night, moves along the ground and burrows into it during the day, then you guessed with humidity.
Your Achatina will also need a pool. a shallow water tank. However, make sure that the snail does not drown in it.
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Where better to place a terrarium with a snail
When choosing a place for installing a terrarium, pay attention to the fact that there are no drafts, direct sunlight should not fall on the terrarium, and the snail’s dwelling itself was not located near heating devices. A window sill option. we sweep away immediately, since it does not suit us immediately for all these criteria. Also, make sure that the terrarium is securely fixed in the place where it is installed, and your other pets did not have access to it.
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How to care for a terrarium
The cleaning of the terrarium should be carried out as the Achatina dwelling is contaminated, and depending on the size of the terrarium and how many snails live in it. But, general cleaning must be carried out at least once every 2 weeks, while cosmetic cleaning of the walls and the inside of the lid should be done daily. Not only the comfort of the snail, but also its health will depend on cleanliness in the terrarium. So do not be lazy and clean up after your clam, when necessary.
However, when cleaning, pay attention to the fact that you can not use ordinary chemical cleaning powders and other means. Since the skin of snails is very sensitive, and after touching the surface that you treated with such a powder and then washed poorly, the snail may get burned. So, wash the terrarium and all its accessories with hot water, without soap and without chemicals. In addition, snails. lovers to taste the surfaces that are in front of them, and the mollusk can get not only an external burn, but also an internal one. in this case it will be impossible to save your pet.
The walls of the terrarium can be cleaned with an ordinary sponge dipped in water.
Pay attention to the fact that all devices for cleaning the terrarium should be used only for these purposes, and they must be stored separately from other objects.
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Is it possible to release a snail outside the terrarium
And, although your Achatina, wherever she is, is always at home, as she wears her sink all over herself, you should still understand that you can create the most comfortable and safe conditions for her living in your house only in terrarium. Therefore, letting Achatina go for a walk, and even more so without your supervision, is not the best solution. In your house, the mollusk lies in wait for a huge number of dangers. A snail may be lost, or one of your household members may step on it inadvertently. So, it’s better not to take risks, but create comfort and coziness inside the terrarium.
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Video on the arrangement of the terrarium for Achatina snails:
Today, the topic of our publication was the arrangement of a terrarium for an Achatina snail and the creation in it of the most comfortable conditions for this land mollusk to live in it. Your pet’s health and longevity will depend on compliance with the above recommendations, so take this matter seriously.
And how did you arrange the terrarium for your Achatina? Share with us your experience and photos of your snails and terrariums for them. We are waiting for your comments and invite you to join the discussion of the article in our VKontakte group