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.

The most popular choices for snail housing are fish tanks,reptile vivariums, or plastic storage boxes.

Fish tanks are good for keeping snails as they usually already have lids with ventilation. Large reptile vivariums are also good, but are more expensive. These can have doors which open on the front, making it easier to get access to your snails for cleaning and feeding purposes. The downside to fish and reptile tanks like these is that they can be very heavy if made of glass, making them hard to move around.

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.