Chops I would say it wasn't edible. He picked it up off the verandah and simply popped it in his mouth. DD used to go round and harvest them all from the garden into a large wheelbarrow. Once she hid them in her bike pannier and I left it in the car over night, the scene next morning inside the car was like Christmas!
Our snail (Gary) lives on "plantation soil" which we get from the local garden centre pet shop. The soil comes packaged in polythene wrapped blocks which you place in water for 20/30 mins to rehydrate before putting in the tank. It is sterile. We did try him (once) on Coco Husk which was another recommended substrate but he didn't like that - every time we looked at him he was perched on top of something, and he took care to avoid touching the ground.
Gary has a plastic plantpot half buried on its side to hide in. He has a cuttlefish bone, a water dish and a saucer for food. dd has had Gary for nearly 1 year now and he has grown lots!
ours at nursery are also thriving on some sort of compost, (i'm not incharge of them thank god)but the lady who is, is quite forgetful and we have had lots and lots of baby snails. we feed them cucumber and apple and sometimes water melon, and they have cuttlefish as well.
only because no one else has said this and i feel i should, you can't release them in england
They go for whatever is around that does have highish calcium. If they don't get enough they have thinner shells which are more prone to damage. The big snails are more prone to damage anyway (both due to bigger shells & more weight) so it's more important for them to have thicker shells than for garden snails.
so, I've got 2 snails who've been together all their lives so I can't bring myself to separate them- my sister said they laid 150 eggs last year (thanks sis), of which around 10 survived-what would be the best/most humane way of getting rid of the eggs?
I second freezing unwanted eggs, then chucking in the bin after a few days.
When dd chose Gary she picked the smallest snail in the tank because she had read that when snails mate it is usually the larger one which lays the eggs, and she didn't want to have to get rid of any. However, that theory didn't work 100% and Gary has laid some eggs - none of which have hatched - but it was quite impressive that "he" laid eggs 6 months after he last had contact with another snail.
Incidentally, a couple of weeks after dd got Gary, her friend and her sister bought two from the same place. They were both bigger than Gary. We looked after them in the summer while her friend was away on holiday, and they are both now a lot smaller than Gary. And their shells are not in as good condition. It looks like they have been rasping at each other's shells for calcium. So, if you have two make sure you have enough cuttlefish bones in the tank.