A snail is not exactly the sort of animal that you think of as a pet
unless it is moseying around the walls of your aquarium. However there
are a lot of people out there who have found joy, love, and even cuddles
through adopting large mollusks as pets. Believe it or not the gentle
vegetarians actually like to be held and pet much like dogs and cats --
it just seems a little creepier.

Snail Being Pet (You Tube Image)Snail Being Pet (You Tube Image)

After seeing the video below I was astonished enough to look up keeping snails as pets on the internet and discovered a number of things about them:

• They apparently make funny faces with their eye-stalks when they are eating something especially tasty.

• Snails enjoy eating food waste so you can re-purpose your cucumber peels and radish leaves.

• You can't have just one. They are social creatures and need their posse.

• Snails have poor eyesight, but an amazing sense of smell. This is how they will recognize you.

• They like to have their shells rubbed.

Snail Being Pet (You Tube Image)Snail Being Pet (You Tube Image)

• They also like to be rubbed around the head and neck. That is also the snail version of foreplay.

• Snails will eat while in your hand or cozy up there for a nap.

• They like warm baths and showers.

• They won't claw the furniture, walk across your keyboard, or annoy the neighbors with their barking.

While snails may be low maintenance, I can't help but think of the g arden pests that I end up battling every year. I also think I would miss the furry critters who curl up close to me on dark and stormy nights. Still, I would take a snail over a snake any day.

Sources: Snail Keeping, Wikipedia