Our son has acquired a new pet. We ran into his good friend playing outside with snails the other day and my son was absolutely fascinated. Within just a few minutes he had collected several snails inside a cup-shaped flower. His little brother was equally fascinated and was delighted when his brother placed snails all over his tot trike.
How could I say no when he asked me if we could keep the snail? Not only is keeping a snail as a pet a great science project, it also teaches a child how to take care of a pet.
If your child shows any interest in keeping a pet snail, here’s a list of 5 Ways to Care for a Pet Snail:
- Find a home for your snail. You can use a small aquarium or glass jar. We opted for a glass jar and it’s big enough to hold the snail and his environment, which brings me to number 2.
- Create a snail-friendly environment. Snails like to move around and they also like to hide. You can put soil in the snail’s home or find a cup-shaped flower like we did.
- Feed your snail. Snails can eat vegetables but they can also live off of leaves. Right now we just have leaves in our snail’s home but I’m excited to help my son cut up some carrots to give to the snail.
- Play with your snail. Again, snails like to move around. Take the snail out and let it move around on your child’s arm or on a table.
- Clean your snail’s home. If the aquarium or jar is getting dirty, help your child to gently wipe it clean.
I hope you enjoy having a pet snail as much as we do!
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