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Quarters and its equipment

11. října 2018 v 11:51 | Vanessa |  Boxes,equipment
Do you want to buy a snails and don't know, where you should keep them? Snails are not demanding on the quarters (at least the most breeded ones).
Thanks to this, snail's living is not expensive and hard to equip.


WHICH QUARTERS ARE THE BEST?

I'm gonna put here three best options (but it is my opinion).
  • Plastic box (the most popular option for breeders)
  • Terrarium
  • Fauna box
Let's compare those options..

Plastic box

+ Lightweight
+ Cheaper
+ Easily storable (you can put boxex on themselves)
+ You can do airholes by yourself
+ It keeps humidity

- Not that representative
- Can be badly transparent
- Someone doesn't have to appreciate, that he has to do airholes by himself

Terrarium

+ If you take care of it and clean it, it looks beautiful and representativ
+ Airholes are included
+ You can have it made in size you want
+ You can put in it heating or irrigation system
+ Clear glass, so you can watch snails easily

- Heavy, hard to manipulate and clean
- Easy to break
- Higher unit cost

Fauna box

+ Lightweight
+ Cheaper than terrarium

- A lot of airholes, so it doesn't keep humidity
- Not a lot of sizes

It is your option to choose on of those, but my personal opinion is, that boxes are the best option to keep snails. You don't have to spend a lot of money for box, it is easy to clean it and it doesn't break, if it falls during cleaning.
You can find boxex in lot of stores - stores with household needs, IKEA, Sconto, Kik, ...

DOES THE SIZE MATTER?

Of course it does matter.
Achatina/Archachatina is big land snail and those snails need some space to make their shells grow.
But - they don't like too big spaces. They like to "cuddle".

So, it is pretty easy to count, how big space you need to give them.
For adults there is this way - you take size (in centimeters) of the shell of the specie you want to breed. Then you multiply it with number of individuals you want to keep in the box. Result of multyplying is number of liters the box should have.

Example: I want to keep in the box four Lissachatina fulica, one adult fulica has shell long average 15 centimeters, so I multiply number 15 with number 4. 15x4=60. So I need at least 60 liters to keep in the box four adult fulicas.

If you breed Lissachatina or Archachatina or Achatina, the box doesn't have to be too high. It is enough to have box high for 25 or 35 centimeters.
If you breed species crawling on trees, you should put them in higher box, for example if you breed Limicolaria, the box should be at least 35 centimeters high.

HOW SHOULD I EQUIP THE BOX?

  • Coconut fiber substrat (it keeps humidity) or peat for animals
  • Sepia bone (or another source of calcium)
  • Pad for food
Those three things are more important, but you can also put in the box..
  • Small tray with water (but not to babyes, shey could drown, so it is suitable from four centimeters (shell) and the water should be not high to shell, but to half of body)
  • Branches, sticks and another wood to crawl (it is better to put them in freezer for few days to kill microbs and parazites before putting into box)
  • Moss, sticks with lichen (snails love them, moss keeps humidity - again, you should put them in freezer for few days)
  • Dry leaves (again, you should feeze it for few days)
  • Flowers (but snails usually eat them) - for example Peace Lily, Bromeliad Tree, African Violet, Ivy.
  • Coconut shells
  • Plastic planters (you can bury them to half or just place them)
  • Tree roots (freeze them)
  • Stones (but be careful, if they are not smooth, they can scratch snails shell)

LITTLE TIPS


How to make airholes into plastic box?
I make them this way - on the flame from cooker I warm up mettalic stick (for making skewers, it has about less than 0,5 centimeters average). With warm stick I make holes into box, it is really easy.

What is the better way to prepare coconut fiber substrat?
Best way is to put coconut fiber in bucket and shead it with seething water. I always seet only a piece of the block, so the rest of block is not prepared and I can keep it for later. Then you wait until the substrat cools down and it's done.

How to make fruit flies dissapear?
Fruit flies and other parasites can be really anoyng and it is hard to get rid of them.
It is necessary to clean box and wash snails. Clean the box with disinfection (Sanytol is best) and wash it properly out. New substrat should be mixed with calcium dolomite and you can put clove on the substrat.
Snails should be bathed in cooled garlic decoction (you put in two litres of boiling water three cloves of garlic and boil for ten minutes. Don't put salt in it!!)

DAILY CARE

You should do this daily:
  • Bedew walls in the box
  • Thow out food leftovers
  • Throw out poops
  • Check all snails
  • In boxes with adults you should ruffle the substrat because of eggs
 

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