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baby Giant African Land Snails - FREE to good home!

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8y, 7m agoPosted 8 years, 7 months agoFeedback:2 Positive/0 Neutral/0 Negative
I have about 60 of these snails (achatina fulica) to give away. They make great, low-maintenance pets. If you are not familiar with them, the basics are:

You will need a soft substrate like soil for them to dig in (they like to burrow sometimes). Mist the inside of the tank with a spray-bottle of water every day or every other day to keep their environment moist. Provide them with fresh vegetables (some also eat fruit) at all times, but take out rotting items. Make sure there is always a cuttlefish bone in the tank - they will gnaw on this for calcium for their shells.

For more detail on keeping them, please visit http://www.thesnailtrail.co.uk or PM me.

A note on breeding:

These snails can and do alternate between male and female, but it still takes two snails to breed (one will become male and the other female). HOWEVER, they breed when one shoots a "sperm dart" into the other one's skin, and the sperm can remain in that snail's body for quite a while - I have read that this can be up to two years.

So, if your snail has been kept in the same tank as another snail when sexually mature, you could end up w/ babies even after it's on its own. I'm not sure exactly when they are sexually mature, but mine did not breed until they reached what seems to be their full size (a little over 3 inches). We had them for at least a few months before that and there were no eggs.

If you do get hold of a possibly fertile snail, or want to keep two or more, just check every few days for eggs in the substrate. They are small, white and round and might be buried. Take them out and freeze them, then dispose of them.

EDIT: Forgot to mention except in title - these are NOT adults. They are babies, as indicated in the pic of them posing with a 5p coin. Adults grow to 3-4 inches long in shell length.
- Chia
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Collection only from Birmingham.

Delivery also possible w/in reasonable distance of Birmingham.
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8y, 7m agoPosted 8 years, 7 months agoFeedback:2 Positive/0 Neutral/0 Negative
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banned#1
thought not alowed 2 sell more than 2 of 1 thing
#2
I may be interested, my girlfriends cousin had 1 but it died...


Could you send me a piccy please :)
#3
YOO
thought not alowed 2 sell more than 2 of 1 thing


i thought the guy was giving them away

if we werent so far i would have some for the kids

low maintenance - i.e you dont have to take them for walks:whistling:
#4
YOO
thought not alowed 2 sell more than 2 of 1 thing


Hmmm...not sure if that applies here, as each snail could be considered a unique individual.
#5
vengod
I may be interested, my girlfriends cousin had 1 but it died...


Could you send me a piccy please :)


Yep, sorry, forgot to include link to pic:

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3135/2393183407_35cf640a74_b.jpg

Very cute.
#6
Ive text her auntie...

Will get back to you.

Is collection possible?
#7
http://www.bagofnothing.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2006/11/Snails.jpeg
YOO
thought not alowed 2 sell more than 2 of 1 thing


i thought the guy was giving them away

if we werent so far i would have some for the kids

low maintenance - i.e you dont have to take them for walks:whistling:
#8
vengod
Ive text her auntie...

Will get back to you.

Is collection possible?


Yep, it is actually collection only, or delivery w/in reasonable distance of B'ham (as I have just added to the post). I am in the Bearwood area of the city.
#9
ahhh -

im in north east :(

No chance of post? - if i pay?
#10
how does one post snails ... thinking of crushed shells hmm.
#11
By....

Wait for it!!!!

Snail Mail
#12
my daughters would love these, the eldest at 5 is constantly finding snails and bringing them into my garden!!
#13
Snails are often sent through the post as they are very hardy (at least their shells are...) If you send them in a box or tub with some moist cotton wool around them they should be fine, but I'd wait till the warmer weather has returned
#14
markone
By....

Wait for it!!!!

Snail Mail


Or Royal Snail!!!
#15
vengod
ahhh -

im in north east :(

No chance of post? - if i pay?


I will look into it...as Robotochan says, they can be posted, it's just the temperatures that I'd worry about. Let me a little research and I'll get back to you this afternoon/evening.
#16
I want one!!!

Just have no tank :(
#17
The best thing to send them in would be polystyrene carton.
#18
vengod
ahhh -

im in north east :(

No chance of post? - if i pay?


Hi, sorry I'm late getting back to you. I can post them, but I'm afraid it would be a little expensive (compared to normal mail). I'm only willing to send them special delivery next-day because I have had first-class items spend a few days in the post or not get there at all in the past, and I don't want to risk that happening to the snails. So it would be 6.50 total to cover postage, proper packing materials and Paypal. Let me know if you are still interested and we can arrange it.
#19
You people are all mad! Gross!

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