Giant african land snail help please

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Found 3rd Nov 2008
I remember a few peeps on here saying they have them.

Is my son's snail dead? It has sealed itself into its shell and I cannot get it to come out. The other one was semi sealed but when I gave it a warm bath it came out and is eating, I have tried the same with other to no avail. We have had them for over two years and they have never done this before.

I can't bear to tell him his snail has died as his hamster has been "hibernating" for 3 years! I don't think I buy one as big as this to replace it.

Do I need to arrange or funeral or is it something else
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no idea, but bumping before it falls off the page, cant have little ones upset
ah bless your hibernating hamster!

Here's a link for you which might help. Good luck x

reptilehouse.net/car…pdf
Thanks sassie and to MrsJ for the link :thumbsup:

If placed in tepid
water, this membrane dissolves and the
snail becomes active once again. Of
course, if the snail is indeed dead, no
such activity on warming is observed.


Just trying this now
im gonna lol, tho i shudnt
Im sure they will be ok. Ours do this regularly.
kids keep snails nowadays?
Hi There

We have 2 snails which were kept in two tanks (after egg laying spree)!!) One of them sealed itself up a few weeks ago and we thought it had died. We cleaned out both tanks so had to lift both snails out and put them in a plastic box together while tanks were being washed...........don't know if it was the movement or what that stirred it but it broke it's seal and the other snail scoffed the seal....they now live together again in one tank and seem fine! Not sure if this will help you but just thought I'd let you know.
good luck with the snail :thumbsup:
robtallica;3363648

kids keep snails nowadays?



just coz you used to eat them!!!


im sure he will be fine!! tho i did larf at the hamster!! (bad me!! :x)
any update, iis it dead or alive?
acecatcher3;3363523

im gonna lol, tho i shudnt



Shurrup you :x

LJM;3363623

Im sure they will be ok. Ours do this regularly.



Ahh thats good to know as they have never done this before but I forgot to feed them :oops:

robtallica;3363648

kids keep snails nowadays?



Yep, low maintenance and I thought, long living pets

amyjane011;3363656

Hi ThereWe have 2 snails which were kept in two tanks (after egg laying … Hi ThereWe have 2 snails which were kept in two tanks (after egg laying spree)!!) One of them sealed itself up a few weeks ago and we thought it had died. We cleaned out both tanks so had to lift both snails out and put them in a plastic box together while tanks were being washed...........don't know if it was the movement or what that stirred it but it broke it's seal and the other snail scoffed the seal....they now live together again in one tank and seem fine! Not sure if this will help you but just thought I'd let you know.



Thanks amy and welcome to the forum :thumbsup:

Spearmint;3363667

good luck with the snail :thumbsup:



Thanks I am gonna blame the fireworks if I can't revive it
Thankyou! I read your post and had to join up just to reply..............as an animal lover with loads of livestock I just wanted to share what little info I had! Hope he/she's ok x
mum2b;3363683

any update, iis it dead or alive?




Yay :-D:-D panic over he is alive

Thanks again MrsJ the advice on the site worked :thumbsup:
So like, when u say Giant snail:?.........how Giant??
hannah19790;3363870

So like, when u say Giant snail:?.........how Giant??



Bigger than anything you see in the garden lol tho cant think of something to compare it too :oops:
OH, SO GLAD-even if it just means yourlittle fella isn't sad....
hannah19790;3363870

So like, when u say Giant snail:?.........how Giant??



As big as my hand :-D The started off as small as normal snails but grow really quick. The kids even take them out to play :w00t:
hannah19790;3363870

So like, when u say Giant snail:?.........how Giant??



http://www.vectorraster.plus.com/emma/snails24.jpg
fireheaven;3363793

Yay :-D:-D panic over he is aliveThanks again MrsJ the advice on the site … Yay :-D:-D panic over he is aliveThanks again MrsJ the advice on the site worked :thumbsup:


glad to hear he's ok :thumbsup:
eewwwwwww!!! Not sure I could cope with that lol
But none the less, glad it's ok hun x
ewwww thanks for that shane, just puked coffee all over keyboard


glad everythings ok, and you wont have a an upset little person
sassie;3363941

ewwww thanks for that shane, just puked coffee all over keyboardglad … ewwww thanks for that shane, just puked coffee all over keyboardglad everythings ok, and you wont have a an upset little person






sorry lol
A friend of mine had the same problem, thought it was dead so buried it in the garden.
A day later it dug itself out and was found halfway down the garden right as rain.
glad to hear the snail is still alive!
acecatcher3;3363523

im gonna lol, tho i shudnt



pmsl :-D
shanecr;3363929



Yeah they are around that size and love being handled

Thanks everyone, I was really panicking as he so sensitive and the other was ok so it would have made it worse
Glad to hear all is well.
I was gonna suggest putting it in a garlic butter sauce and warming it up slowly. If it woke up, great - if not, at least it wouldn't go to waste !
Xb0xGuru;3364289

I was gonna suggest putting it in a garlic butter sauce and warming it up … I was gonna suggest putting it in a garlic butter sauce and warming it up slowly. If it woke up, great - if not, at least it wouldn't go to waste !



:lol:

you would not believe how many times I have heard that :roll::p
^Thank you sooo much, we only just got food for our snails and went to feed them and they'd sealed, thinknig they were dead we were all sad.
Then i said i swear they dissappear out of thier shells once dies, mum said maybe they're hybernating, so i ran in and found you post and it helped so much.
Our smaller one (3 inch) is eating and the bigger (8 inch) is still refusing to some out, but, he is moving
Thanks again!:thumbsup:
Tyhoic;6575330

^Thank you sooo much, we only just got food for our snails and went to … ^Thank you sooo much, we only just got food for our snails and went to feed them and they'd sealed, thinknig they were dead we were all sad.Then i said i swear they dissappear out of thier shells once dies, mum said maybe they're hybernating, so i ran in and found you post and it helped so much.Our smaller one (3 inch) is eating and the bigger (8 inch) is still refusing to some out, but, he is moving :DThanks again!:thumbsup:




No problem, glad this thread was some help :thumbsup: Btw they might be cold, I moved mine to a warmer room after this happened and they haven't done it since
hi fireheaven how r u? x
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