I ordered 20 snails to start a colony and wanted to offer a few pointers because some others seemed to be ready to try the same thing. The snails were purchased from the Greek Ebayer. She was polite and quick to respond and included 2-3 extra snails. When they arrived the odor upon opening the envelope made it obvious some did not survive the trip. The instructions said to peel off the 'epiphragm' which is a hardened mucus plug the snails seal up their shells with during drought. These type of snails don't have a permanent 'door' on their shells to protect them. This hardened area needs to be carefully peeled off! My first mistake was that I was too conservative about doing this, you really need to get it completely removed. I thought that taking most or some of it off and rehydrating them would work but it did not. Second, they have to be completely submerged in water, but in a dish that they are able to crawl out of when rehydrated. I put mine on wet paper towels after taking off the epiphragm and I think that is partially what killed them. The paper towels were saturated, but offered a way to get out of the water which I thought was perfect but far from. One snail did emerge and I offered it fresh Swiss Chard from my organic garden.I started eating but died that night still out of the shell. The temp was about 75 degrees and I was told this is fine. They offered to replace the snails so I will report back with a second effort. Just a heads up though, these guys STINK when they die- if you have ever been a fisherman and left earthworms in a hot car by accident it is kind of that smell. Horrible. I would almost hesitate to seriously consider these as a feeder because if and when a snail dies in a setup, it is not always easy to tell which one is dead and the smell is overpowering. I can't imagine the hassle of digging through a 10 gallon+ tank worth of coir trying to find out which snail is dead and I don't think it would take more than 1 to create a big stink. I'm wondering if maybe the paper towels were somehow toxic, they were normal white Bounty- no lotions or anything in them, but maybe the snail ate some and it killed it. Anyway there you have it, if you do decide to try this consider how to keep them happy without a deep or messy substrate that is going to require sorting through if one dies. I definitely would not just order some and feed them to my chameleon without making sure they were healthy for a few weeks.