Snail Shell Facts

Among the many things I have learned about snail shells from experience, here are the most interesting.

I have used Garrity for these pictures, who at the time these pics were took would be about 15 in human years.

#1

To identify how big the snail was when they hatched from their egg, all you have to do is find the whitish center of the snail’s whorl. That was what they looked like when they hatched (except they were yellow).

Red: the size of the baby snail

#2

To identify if a snail is still CURRENTLY growing (and I say this because certain snails attempt to form the lip of their shell several times, and it appears they stopped growing but then they try again), find where the lip of their shell would be. If it is yellow, the snail’s shell is not all the way hardened yet; this is also why baby snails shells are yellow. That means it is still growing CURRENTLY.

Red: where the lip would be, it is yellow

#3

Baby snails hatch without patterns. In my snail tank, sometimes they never gain them.

However, most of them do. In the picture below, you can see the pattern starting to form.

Red: maroon stripes are beginning to appear

#4

What happens if a snail’s shell gets hurt? They make a patch out of gray, hard shell to keep their shell safe.

Yellow: the patch

Do you have any questions about a snail’s shell? Please let me know on this post or any other, and I’ll let you know the answer.

Thanks!

P.S.

The snails laid eggs AGAIN, on their rotting cucumber. However, I think the eggs are going to hatch this time!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

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In Memory of Penelope, Patrik Jr., and Ribbon

I’ve been very busy lately, so I’ve not been able to blog very much. But don’t worry, I love blogging, and I’m trying to get back into the how to section of my posts.

But anyway, while I’ve been busy, three snails passed away, and I’d like you to know about it.

On 12/11/2018, Patrik Jr. passed away. On 12/13/2018, Penelope passed away. And on 12/16/2018, Ribbon passed away.


Both of these snails were very old, and had happy lives. ๐Ÿ™‚๐ŸŒ I am glad I had them. And btw, I now have six snails.

How To Clean Your Rats’ Cage (And Your Rats)

Charlie eating some lettuce in the cage

First of all, you’ll need:

  • Someone to hold the rats while you clean the cage
  • Baby wipes
  • Fresh cloth and/or bedding and
  • A bathtub you can use to wash some of the things in your cage and the rats
  • Cardboard boxes
  • Safety Pins (for hammocks)
  • Pump soap (for the rats)

What to do:

First, wash the rats. Fill the bathtub with warm, not hot, water. As the water runs, add a few squirts of the pump soap to make bubbles.

Stop the water when it gets to two inches.

Then, put your rats in and scrub them! Once you’re done, put them on a towel, hand them to your friend, and start working on the cage!

First, take out all cloths, hammocks, boxes, and bedding. Wipe down the cage with your wipes and get new stuff.

Put it in the cage where all your old stuff was.

For things that are not disposable/launderable (is launderable a word? Well, it is now) put them in the bathwater and let them soak for a while.

Have any specific questions? I’d love to hear them! ๐Ÿ™‚ Have a great day.

P.S. If you have rats, go give them a snuggle. Because rats are the best!!!! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

In Memory of Harrigan and Ryan

On 11/5/2018, Harrigan passed away. She was quite old, so when I got her I knew that I wouldn’t have her for long.

And on 11/8/2018, Ryan passed away. I think he got hurt.

But I am very glad I had both snails, they were both so sweet. ๐Ÿ™‚

Also, I know this is a lot of sad news, but my other pets are all doing great! Pretty soon I’m going to do another “How-to” post, I know I haven’t been doing many of those.

So check your email or wherever you get notifications for the next post!

In Memory of Pebbles

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Penelope and Pebbles

On 10/28/2018, I found Pebbles’ shell outside of the outside snail tank.

It appears that I left him out by accident and he was eaten by some animal.

I feel really bad. I’m so sorry Pebbles!

But I am glad he had a good life other than that.

I’m going to be suuuuuper careful about making sure I have ALL of the snails in from now on.

In Memory of Henry

On 10/11/2018, Henry passed away. He was two years, four months, and eleven days old.

We think he may have had a tumor and/or a breathing problem.

Henry was a sweet little rat. He was kind and gentle, and he loved Charlie and Cory.

Charlie and Cory are sad, but they’re doing okay. They loved Henry very much.

Henry had a happy life. I am so glad I was able to care for him and love him.