Growing Feeder Snails


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Hi All,

I've been reading through a couple threads about using CB garden snails as feeders. Does anyone know how long it takes before the progeny are large enough to feed off? (The type we have all over in California is Cornu aspersum).

I've seen a couple sources say they aren't fully grown for a year or two, but I wouldn't imagine I'd need them to be adults, just large enough to be food.

Anyone with experience think this is a worthy endeavor, or is it just a hassle?


Chameleon Enthusiast
I grow helix aspersa and about dime sized (with shell) is good for my Jackson's cham. A larger cham can probably handle a larger snail. Fully grown h.aspersa is about 1 to 1.5 inch diameter shell (quarter to dollar sized).


Chameleon Enthusiast
depends what size you want them to be before feeding off.

in my case, it takes about 6 months for the offspring to be what I consider a useful size.

For me its worth it. My chameleons enjoy them. The adult snails are near constantly laying eggs, and theyre are beyond easy to keep (so long as you arent turned off by the enormous volume of poop - using a larger bin helps).
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