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mrs tiggywinkle

snails

Help....one of Jacks Giant African snails has just died. We've no idea why, can anyone shed any light on this, please?
kaz

Awww....  How long are they expected to live for? They were only babies when he got them weren't they?
Morlan75

Hiya Mrs. Tiggywinkle  

I kept Giant African Land Snails (and others) for years. Many land snails can actually hibernate for years! I suggest with your "dead one" put it in a seperate continer from the rest like an ice cream tub with air holes for the time being, place a saucer of water in the tub and keep in a warm room (not airing cupboard ) for a few days and see what happens   is there a crust around the opening of the shell? they can be eaisly bought round if in hibernation. A down side thought I hate to ask you to do this but... smell the opening in the shell, if its abit "mushy" and green and very smelly chances are in fact the snail is dead normally due to fungal infection. What substraite is you son useing to line his tank/container? and is this a new snail baught in to his others?
What diet is he feeding them? sorry for the questions but they are relivant to me to determine what the possible problem maybe      

Jeni
xxx
Morlan75

kaz wrote:
Awww....  How long are they expected to live for? They were only babies when he got them weren't they?


Some can in fact live 12+ years Kaz  
mrs tiggywinkle

Thanks Morlan, its definately dead....smells awfull. Jacks been using a fertilizer free grow bag!! the same make for the last 12 months (since he got them)  
 Their diet is cucumber and lettiuce mainly with the odd piece of apple or grape. They also have a cuttle fish for calcium. Its not a new snail, he got all 6 together but this was the smallest.
 The others all seem fine. If it is a fungal infection is there anything we can do to stop the others getting it?
Morlan75

your feeding them all the right stuff they especially love munching cuttle fish and fertalizer free compost is spot on   I used to use that but swiched to small grade sterilized orchid bark.

Its a shame this one died, could be fungal but if the others are all doing well then I'd say this little fella was just weak and nothing to worry about just keep on eye on them for the time being    
mrs tiggywinkle

 Thankx for all that.  He was the smallest of the bunch to begin with. We've had then for 14 months and he was smaller than your little finger nail on arrival. The others are medium fist sized!!!
 Will the size of the tank have any bearing on this. The tank is 18" x12" x12" with now 5 snails in it?
  Will get some orchid bark and try that!!
 Thanks again.

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