How to play with your snail: 14 steps (with pictures)

How to play with your snail: 14 steps (with pictures)
How to play with your snail: 14 steps (with pictures)

Snails are great pets. Besides looking really cool and cute, it's super easy to take care of. However, having a snail as a pet presents some specific risks. Unlike common pets like cats, dogs, rabbits or hamsters, snails are difficult to handle. Therefore, you may not know how to play with yours. But, with a few tricks that you need to learn and effort, you will be able to play with it very soon.


Part 1 of 4: Play Safe

Play With a Pet Snail Step 1

Step 1. Wash your hands

This is the very first thing you need to do before you consider starting to play with it. By doing this, you will be ensuring that you do not contaminate your snail as well as its environment with bacteria and chemicals.

  • Use antibacterial soap.
  • Also, be sure to use lukewarm water.
  • Once you are done, you should rinse your hands well to remove all soap residue.
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Step 2. Secure the play area

Before you start playing with it, take the precaution of making sure that the room you plan to use as a play area is safe and suitable for the snail. By securing her you will protect her life and make the game fun for both of you.

  • Get all your other pets (especially cats and dogs) out of the room. These animals may think of the snail as a toy or as food.
  • Tell other members of your family what you are going to do so they don't bother you.
  • Turn off any loud music or the television. This is essential for the snail in addition to helping you focus so that you don't get distracted during the game.
Play With a Pet Snail Step 3

Step 3. Play with it at night

Now is the perfect time to play with him. Indeed, the majority of snails are nocturnal and rest during the day. If you try to play with yours during the day, it's likely that it doesn't do much and retreats into its shell.

The best time to play with it is arguably between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m., depending on your schedule and the region you live in

Part 2 of 4: pick up your snail

Play With a Pet Snail Step 4

Step 1. Let it crawl over your hand by itself

The best way to be able to pick up your snail is to let it crawl on your hand by itself. This is by far the safest way to pick it up. If you pick it up by its shell or body, you may damage the shell and injure it.

  • Place your hand flat on the bottom of the terrarium near it.
  • Move your hand very slowly towards him.
  • Let it crawl over your hand.
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Step 2. Slowly raise your hand

When it is on your hand, slowly raise your hand out of the terrarium. Be sure to lift it slowly so that it doesn't get scared or you drop it.

  • Slowly move your hand over to a table when you remove it from the terrarium.
  • Place your hand flat on the table surface and let it crawl toward the table.
  • Be careful not to shake the table or suddenly move your hand.
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Step 3. Lower it to a new surface

After taking it in your hand and pulling it out of the enclosure, lower your hand and let it descend. This is essential so that he has the freedom to move around as he pleases and to discover new places.

  • Slowly lower your hand.
  • You can lower it to a new location in the terrarium. This is probably the best and safest solution.
  • Consider creating a playground with new stones, obstacles, and even snail treats like lettuce, cucumber, or apple.
  • Do not put it on the ground. If you do, you (or someone else) may be walking on it.

Part 3 of 4: interact with him

Play With a Pet Snail Step 7

Step 1. Let it crawl

You must give him the opportunity to move after preparing to play with him. He will have a better time if he moves freely.

  • Let it crawl over your hand.
  • Let him crawl on the playground. If you put food on his new playground, there's a good chance he'll move around to examine what it is and what else he might discover.
  • Do not try to move it while it is crawling. You might hurt and scare him, which can cause him to hide from you the next time you want to play with him.
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Step 2. Stroke her shell

If he seems to be in a friendly mood, pat his shell a bit. Petting and touching his shell is a great way to interact and play with him.

  • Gently touch or stroke the shell.
  • Do this with the grain of the shell rather than the other way around.
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Step 3. Play with caution

It is important to be careful when playing with or handling your snail. Snails are delicate creatures and injure themselves relatively easily. See to:

  • never exert pressure on your shell;
  • always move very carefully when on your hand;
  • keep in mind that it is very fragile.
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Step 4. Collect it as little as possible

It's best not to pick up your snail, but there are things you can do and things you shouldn't do if you decide to pick it up. This is essential, because if you do something that you shouldn't, it could hurt him.

  • Do not try to pick it up with a sharp object.
  • Don't take it by the shell. You can only do this if it has completely retreated inside and you need to move it. Be careful to be gentle (ce) and not to put pressure on the shell when planning to move it in this manner.
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Step 5. Do not touch the areas around the shell opening

When you pick it up, be careful not to touch the areas around the shell opening. Indeed, the shell develops at the level of the opening. This part is therefore much more delicate and sensitive.

Always grasp the shell with two fingers, holding it from the top and from the back

Part 4 of 4: Caring for the snail after playing

Play With a Pet Snail Step 12

Step 1. Put it back safely in the terrarium after taking it out

After playing with it, be sure to put it back safely in its terrarium. It is very important to put it back safely in its terrarium so that it does not injure itself. Also, if you move too fast while holding him, it won't be a pleasant experience for him and he may be hiding in his shell the next time you want to play with him.

  • Proceed slowly and carefully, as you did when you took it out of the terrarium.
  • Make sure you position it correctly and in a safe place. Do not place it on a branch, rock or any other unstable place in the terrarium.
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Step 2. Make sure to wash your hands

You should wash your hands well immediately after handling it. This is important because some snails carry diseases and infectious agents that can be dangerous for you and your family members.

  • Use lukewarm water.
  • Use antibacterial soap.
  • Use plenty of water and be sure to wash the areas between your fingers as well.
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Step 3. Seal the terrarium

Be sure to close the terrarium by securing the lid securely once you have safely placed your snail in it. This is important, as it may leave its safe environment and get lost if you do not close the top of the terrarium!

  • Put the lid on the terrarium, if you have one.
  • Make sure the cover is secure and there are no holes or cracks.
  • Secure any clips or other fasteners to the cover.

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