I tried keeping a couple of snails as pets when I was a child. They were the kind that were abundant during the monsoons in Goa. Sludgy, squishy, interesting creatures, with bodies the colour of doce bhaji (similar to oats porridge), and translucent, fragile shells in a light earthy brown.
How to look after these amazing and environmentally important creatures:
- It’s better that you don’t keep them as pets. They are not domestic or domesticated.
- If you have taken them from their natural habitat because you are trying to conserve them, make sure you put them in a safe place, i.e. preferably one they can’t get out of only to be stepped on.
- Take some leaves from the plant you found them on- at least you know they eat that.
- Do your research. And record any observations you make.
- Don’t pick them up all the time. It just triggers their shrinking reflex (scientific term not googled)
Postscript: If you think you can look after a peacock or a panther, I need to tell you- you’re probably wrong. We really need to stop messing with ecosystems. Please adopt a dog or a cat.
Day 87: Open a book to the 153rd page. Look at the third line. Make that the start of your story.
I picked up I sweep the sun off rooftops, by Hanan Al-Shaykh, from my To Read pile.
The line I got, serendipitously enough, is about peacocks. But does it have to be?
“Every feather in its long tail had a decorated eye…”