In the wild, Giant African Land Snails are known to eat up to 500 different species of plant. It is a good idea to feed your snails a wide variety of food, as they can become fussy. Many snails love cucumber and lettuce, but it is less nutritious than other vegetables so it is important to persist with other foods. Snails also love fish flakes, which are readily available at most supermarkets. You can mash vegetables, fruits and fish flakes up with water to make a tasty paste for your snails too! For a full list of safe food to feed snails see the bottom of the page.
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.
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.
Food Suitable For Giant African Land Snails
Dog biscuits (some use Bonio brand -check ingredients to ensure no salt content- soak thoroughly and mash)
Fish food flakes
Plantains (when very ripe - totally black and mushy)
Potato and potato peelings