My husband went to check my plants just now and found a snail half burried in the soil, he took it out and put it over the wall. when he went back to look at the plants again he found all these snail eggs, amazing i said coz iv never seen anything like it... MY QUESTIONS ARE.... does the snail need to be their with the eggs? and if not can i put these eggs in a small tank to watch them grow.... but if i can put them in a tank shall i 1, keep it moist, 2, cover them with dirt.... PLEASE CAN SOMEONE ANSWER MY QUESTION AS SOON AS POSSIBLE, BECAUSE I LOVE SNAILS BUT HAVE NEVER FOUND EGGS, IV WATCHED WATER SNAIL EGGS GROW AND HATCH AND WOULD LOVE TO WATCH GARDEN SNAIL EGGS GROW AND HATCH....
The egges don't need parental care, so you can adopt them. There are websites that advise on keeping snails:
There's a good article about heliciculture on Wikipedia:
I hope this helps.
thank you very much for your quick reply... iv just had a look on line before you replyed... but thank you for putting the links up....
The snail does not need to be with the eggs once they are laid.
You need to preserve their environment as best as possible, in tems of humidity, darkness, etc.
The best way to do that is to keep treating the pot as if you were still growing a plant in it. Either take the existing plant out (perhaps it doesn't have much root yet) or fill another pot with soil and gently transfer the eggs into a hollow in it, then cover the soil back over them. Keep the pot watered in the same way as the other pots, and keep it in the shade. If you can afford to have the snails feed on the plant, don't transfer the eggs to another pot.
Note: the eggs are probably tougher than you expect.
But you say you want to watch...
So find a glass container/tank, in which you can provide drainage, and use that instead of the plant pot. The drainage might be tricky, but it is important. You could perhaps find a plastic container that you could make holes in for drainage. But it would have to be a particularly clear plastic else you would not be able to see through well enough.
If you are happy to watch what happens above the soil surface (and not to watch what happens within the soil), you could just put the pot in a glass tank. You would need to cover the tank else the baby snails could escape in the night. Just remember to not to let it get too warm or dry in the tank.
And be patient.
Once the eggs hatch, the baby snails will need to eat, so you will have to provide plant material. Fresh cut material would probably be OK.
thank you for your info that is very helpful....
pleased to announce with info you told me i followed and they hatched just yesterday and more today... and thery look so sweet... thank you x
Well done Kirsty!
Any chance of a photo or two?
you can just see the head on the one at the bottom left... they have all hatched now....
i will add another picture in couple of day so you can see how they are then.... they are starting to move about now....