Tanks

The first piece of equipment you will need in order to look after Giant African Land Snails is a tank. The size of tank required depends on how many snails you have and what species they are. Your tank should at least be big enough for a water dish, food and a cuttlefish bone and still have enough room for your snails move around and burrow comfortably. If they are constantly having to crawl over each other, then a bigger tank is probably needed. There is a great calculator here which can help you determine how much space your snails will need.

The most popular choices for snail housing are fish tanks, reptile vivariums, or plastic storage boxes. Plastic and glass are the most suitable materials for a snail tank. Wood is unsuitable as snails can eat through it, and it can warp and rot with the humid conditions required. 

Fish tanks

Fish tanks are good for keeping snails as they usually already have lids with ventilation, although they open from the top which can be awkward for cleaning. Fish tanks can be plastic or glass - plastic is lighter so the tank can be more easily moved in needed, but glass is generally more aesthetically pleasing, which can be a factor if you want to keep your snails in a prominent position in your home. 

Reptile Vivariums 

Reptile vivariums are also good, but are more expensive. They are typically made of glass and can have doors which open on the front, making it easier to get access to your snails for cleaning and feeding purposes. Some vivariums come with lights fitted inside for reptiles - these will need to be removed if housing snails, as snails dislike the light. The downside to vivariums like these is that they can be expensive and very heavy, making them hard to move around.

Plastic storage boxes

Plastic storage boxes are a cheaper option and work just as well as fish tanks although you will need to make holes in the lid for ventilation. They are lighter than glass tanks, making them easier to transport and clean. These often come in a wide variety of sizes so it is easy to accommodate both small and large snails, as well as snail eggs. One slight problem is that, unlike glass tanks, storage boxes are often not completely transparent, although as long as they are semi-transparent and not opaque, this should not affect your snails at all.