What does a snail eat in a home terrarium?
Snails in the house are by now common. The popularity of these animals is explained by several factors. First, snails need a little space. Secondly, they are unpretentious in care: they do not need to walk, bathe, comb, vaccinate. And they do not wake the owner in the morning with a loud scream and squeal. Is not it the perfect pet? But ... Snails, as well as any other pets, you need to love, pay attention to them, take care of their health. To your pet felt good, you need to know how and what to feed him. What a snail eats, how much food it needs for normal growth and development, we'll tell you right now.
The content of snails in the house should be as close as possible to the conditions of wildlife. Nutrition of these animals try to diversify the products that grow in the garden, park, on the shore of the reservoir. It can be clover, plantain, dandelion, wild sorrel. These same plants can be procured for future use by the method of freezing, in order to feed snails with natural delicacies during the winter.
Fruits, vegetables, greens from our garden plot - this is what the snail eats with great pleasure. Small snails are recommended to feed soft fruits, but adults can cope with sticks and scraps well. This is another reason why you should have a snail in the house. During the preparation of vegetable and fruit dishes, you will get a "waste-free production" - all the excess will be eaten by your favorites. And it's good for them, and you do not need to take out the garbage.
Extra nutrition is a necessary measure for preserving and strengthening the health of the cochlea
At home, snails do not get enough calcium from the food to develop the shell. Therefore, veterinarians recommend including in their diet natural top dressing. This is egg shells, natural chalk (it can not be replaced by school or chalk from rodent feed), meat-and-bone meal, buckwheat groats, oatmeal, millet.
Several times a day the terrarium needs to be irrigated with clean water from the spray gun. Snails quite quickly understand the meaning of this procedure, immediately crawl to the glass and gladly lick the droplets.
What does a snail eat? All that you give. And if you offer her a "forbidden" product, she will eat it anyway. Therefore, remember the list of products that can not be categorically given to these animals:
- pickled and canned foods;
- smoked products;
- raw potatoes;
- flour products.
These products can lead your pet not only to feel bad, but to death.
Snails are nocturnal animals, so food should be placed in the terrarium in the evening. If there is any amount of food left in the morning, it should be removed in order to prevent decay and the development of infections. In the cold season, snails sleep much and wake up every few days. Naturally, it is necessary to feed them during this period of time, namely, when the animals are awake.
Now you know what the snail eats. The rules for feeding her are not so strict. The content of this animal at home does not require large material costs and physical effort. And this is the main argument in favor of snails among other pets.