Diet

Giant African Land Snails will eat almost any kind of fruit and vegetable, and in the wild are known to eat up to 500 different species of plant. Most seem to be particularly fond of cucumber, lettuce, peppers and sweetcorn. It is a good idea to feed your snails a wide variety of food, as they can become fussy. Also, many snails love cucumber, but it is less nutritious than other vegetables so it is important to persist with other foods. For a full list of safe food to feed snails see below.

A GALS enjoying a piece of courgette.

A GALS enjoying a piece of courgette.

Grapes, banana, tomato and lettuce are all good food for GALS.

Grapes, banana, tomato and lettuce are all good food for GALS.

Do not feed snails onions, processed starchy food such as pasta, or anything containing salt as this is likely to make them ill or even kill them.

Calcium

Giant African Land Snails also need a constant supply of calcium in order for their shells to grow. Cuttlefish bone is perfect for this and is probably the easiest to find, as most pet shops will stock them and you can also buy it very cheaply online.

Other sources of calcium include ground oyster shells and eggs shells, although these are less effective. You can also buy liquid calcium to spray on food if your snail is particularly fussy and won’t eat cuttlefish.


A GALS enjoying a cuttlefish.

A GALS enjoying a cuttlefish.


Food Suitable For Giant African Land Snails

 

Apple
Artichoke
Banana
Basil
Beans
Blueberries
Butternut squash
Cabbage
Carrot
Cauliflower
Celeriac
Cherry
Clover
Courgette
Cress
Cucumber
 

Dandelion leaves
Dog biscuits (some use Boneo brand - soak thoroughly and mash)
Fish food flakes
Lettuce
Kale
Kiwi
Mango
Marrow
Mushrooms
Nettle
Passion Fruit
Peach
Peas
Pears

Pepper
Plantains (when very ripe - totally black and mushy)
Plum
Potato and potato peelings
Pumpkin seeds
Raisins
Spirulina
Strawberries
Sweetcorn
Sweet potato
Tangerine
Tomato
Turnip
Watermelon