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Should I be worried?

Discussion in 'Insects , Snails and other exotic pets' started by 21ChemicalSnails, Sep 24, 2019.


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    21ChemicalSnails PetForums Newbie

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    I just captured this snail from my backyard as a pet. He looked fine when I found him, but now his shell looks a little off to me? When he climbs sideways on the tank his shell sags a little and he's been resting quite a lot since I brought him in (he also doesnt rest all the way in his shell all the time), and I dont think he's eaten at all. I've offered him a couple blue berry halves and a piece of salad lettuce.
    Is it normal for their shell to not be really stuck on them?
    Sorry if these are stupid questions lol, but I always thought their shells were stuck on pretty good.
    Also, any quick tips for a beginner to snails?
    Thanks!
     
  2. Leanne77

    Leanne77 PetForums VIP

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    Yes, it's very normal for shells to 'sag' when they are upside down or on a vertical surface.

    Resting partially out of the shell is a good sign. If they retract all the way in that can be a sign of being too cold, or ill. Your snail looks perfectly fine.

    I see you have calcium in the form of egg shells but he will need protein too, such as moist fish flakes, once a week. Try feeding him grated sweet potato, courgette, baby corn, apple, tomato, romaine or little gem lettuce etc. None of my snails ever eat blueberries or stuff from a mixed salad bag.
     
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    Thanks! I'll try him with some fish flakes and tomato today.
     
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