I think I have mentioned here that we are a nature loving family. My son in particular has a keen eye when it comes to spotting little creatures in the wild. When he was not yet 5, we were in Costa Rica and our guide was trying in vain to find us some interesting invertebrates to look at - but it was Elliot who able to find the thinnest, wispiest stick bug. He spends hours just looking. He has caught a 1 inch seahorse in the Gulf and found and identified lady bug eggs in our orange tree when he was 4. When we hike, no rock goes unturned. His ability to focus his attention on the tiniest creatures astounds me.
My favorite entomologist is now raising garden snails. This has turned out to be fascinating and rewarding. The set up was a cinch.
We used a very large, not airtight canister, piled some pebbles in the bottom for drainage, topped with some good garden soil and a rock for climbing. We also threw in a cuttle bone which is good for the snail shells. We feed them a piece of fruit or vegetable every day or so and then remove it.
They are thriving and have even laid some eggs which we got to see hatch. They burrow in the ground for most of the day and at night ease up the walls of the jar. It is quite meditative to watch them move. This is my sort of pet - low maintenance, high pleasurably.
Have you raised snails? Would you? Would you let then crawl all over your arm and feed them:)?