Handling

Giant African Land Snails enjoy being handled, but they don’t like being dropped - so take care! Wet hands are better for snails to crawl on, but this makes them more slippery so you must always make sure that the weight of their shell is fully supported.

To pick up a snail that is stuck to the side of a tank, spray it with water first and ease your fingers underneath it. Don’t try and pull the snail by it’s shell or you could pull the shell off completely!

The front part of a snail’s shell is the newest and the most fragile part, so try not to touch it too much when handling snails.