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Old 01-03-2010, 09:43 AM
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Bought a couple of GALS on Saturday but since I bought them I've hardly seen them!!!

Is it normal for the snails to bury themselves into the substrate? Or am I doing something wrong?

My set up contains substrate, food and a heater pad. I spray 2-3 time per day to keep up the humidity. Is there anything else I should be doing?
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Old 01-03-2010, 09:45 AM
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I'm a novice to snails myself, but if you post this question on the snail thread a little further down the page, you'll get some good help
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They are more active in the evening, so you're probably not doing anything wrong, really. Although, if they are the normal A. fulica, then you might not need a heatmat, depending how cold your house is. They do fine at room temp, and can be inactive if too warm.

But, have you noticed that food has been eaten, or substrate has been trailed up the side of their tank (or over their food!) through the night?
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Old 01-03-2010, 10:06 AM
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Then you might not need a heatmat, depending how cold your house is. They do fine at room temp, and can be inactive if too warm.
Think this may be the problem, thanks for the advice.
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No bother Try them without a heatmat, and see if you see more signs of activity.
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Old 01-03-2010, 05:43 PM
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Mine don't have a heat mat. They're perfectly fine at 26*C during the day and 23-24*C at night.
They wake up when I do in the morning, they have a little wander around and the go back to sleep. They wake up again in the evening at about 6 o'clock and who knows after that...
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Old 01-03-2010, 06:07 PM
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I only used heatmats for some of the species, fulica generally dont need them unless you're house is very cold.

They might be gearing up to lay eggs, but snails aren't very active at the best of times, they're not really a watching kind of pet!
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Old 26-10-2010, 03:43 PM
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Bought a couple of GALS on Saturday but since I bought them I've hardly seen them!!!

Is it normal for the snails to bury themselves into the substrate? Or am I doing something wrong?

My set up contains substrate, food and a heater pad. I spray 2-3 time per day to keep up the humidity. Is there anything else I should be doing?

My snails bury under the substrate if they are cold. They bury if they are laying eggs. Sometimes they bury just for fun I think. Are they coming out at night for a wander. Check if they are eating food. Are they buryed in a different place the next morning. If so no stress. I wonder what temp your heat mat is set to.
I would take them out and check them over. I quick spray or a swish in warm water will soon wake them up then you can let them slither about and see if they're looking healthy.
I'm sure they'll be fine.
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