Achatina are unpretentious animals that are increasingly being bred as pets. The giant snail is fun to watch, its smooth movements soothe and distract from the daily hustle and bustle. Shellfish care is more than simple. It is enough to put fresh food for him once a day, add water and clean it on time.
In this article, we will take a closer look at the Achatina diet, as well as what it is strictly forbidden to give them.
In order for the snail to grow quickly, have a strong house and delight the owners with activity, food must provide the supply of three main substances:
So, the vegetable diet includes:
- cabbage (white cabbage, Peking cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower);
Tomatoes should be given with caution (high acidity interferes with the absorption of calcium), but onions and garlic are completely prohibited.
Feel free to feed the Achatina with fruits:
- all berries (strawberries, cherries, currants, blackberries, etc.)
It is undesirable to give the snail citrus fruits (orange, grapefruit, tangerine). But an aggressive lemon is certainly not needed to give to the animal.
Now about the protein. This organic substance is directly involved in building muscles, and since the snail is a soft-bodied creature, it is the muscles that are needed to hold the body, actively crawl and carry a heavy house.
The range of protein products for Achatina is small:
- gammarus and daphnia (animal protein);
- cereals, seeds, mushrooms (vegetable protein).
Gammarus and daphnia are bought at any pet store and are gradually added to the main diet. Cereals are steamed with boiling water and given to the pet in a cooled form. It is advisable to grind the seeds in a coffee grinder.
Calcium is the most important component for gastropods, because it directly affects the external skeleton (as the shell of snails is called). And the health of the animal largely depends on the strength of the shell.
The easiest way to provide Achatina with this substance is to buy a special mineral stone (all in the same pet store). The snail itself knows how much calcium the body needs, and from time to time it eats up a delicious pebble.
Another well-known method is to grind eggshells boiled for 5 minutes into powder. Sepia and natural chalk are also suitable for this purpose. Choose what you like best and offer it to your pet.
In addition to the products already mentioned, there are a number of other prohibitions. First of all, this is what animals do not eat in nature: spicy, fried, smoked, pickled. Salt is extremely dangerous for snails, which, absorbing moisture, leads to dehydration.
Do not give your pet bread, meat, dairy products. All this is clearly not from the diet of shellfish. Of course, natural instinct is unlikely to induce a pet to taste such food, but it is better not to risk it.
Instruct the children especially carefully. Often out of interest (or even out of great love) they want to feed the animal with something tasty, but for a snail such an experiment can be fatal.
And one more thing: buy only seasonal vegetables and fruits. Pesticides and other additives harm people, but their concentration can sometimes be really dangerous for the shellfish.
Water deserves special attention as the basis of life, which should be exclusively potable.