While the world seems to be divided into cat people and dog people, apparently it’s just not everyone’s cup of tea. We’re not sure if Spongebob may have contributed to this trend with his adorable cat-like pet snail Gary but it turns out some people like to keep snails as pets rather than any other traditional pet. But this snail is definitely not anything like Spongebob’s pet Gary. It’s probably safe to say that Fire Snail looks more like a goth equivalent of snails.
Platymma Tweediei is arguably the largest snail from the Peninsula Malaysia
While not so many people choose to keep snails as their pets, they are pretty interesting animals nonetheless.
It is also known as Fire Snail due to its distinct red coloring
Generally, the term “snail” is used to describe terrestrial shelled gastropods or molluscs, as well as sea snails and freshwater snails.
Fire Snails can only be found in the Peninsula of Malaysia
Some snails are used for food, their secretion is used in cosmetics, and their shells are often used as decorative objects and in jewelry.
They can only be found in around 100km radius area 1000m above sea level
Some snails can grow up to 30cm in size. The biggest known species is Giant African Snail living in Ghana.
Turns out, they were being intensely collected from their natural habitat to sell as pets
They move with the help of a strong muscular foot and use their secretion to crawl on rough surfaces
But it’s very difficult to keep them alive in captivity
Snails are known for their proverbially low speed, as some of them move at the average speed of 1mm/s.
Because Fire Snails only survive in very cool and humid conditions
All snails have a strong shell that grows in accordance with the growth of their bodies.
For example, the humidity in Malaysian town Tanah Rata is 79%
For the snail to grow a strong and healthy shell, it needs a good supply of calcium in its diet and environment.
However, the challenge to keep them alive doesn’t seem to keep off terrestrial snail collectors
When a snail retracts to its shell, it can protect itself with a door-like structure called an operculum.
As this mystical-looking snail is a prized possession for exotic pet keepers
Most land snails live in damp or wet habitats, such as moss.