Helix aspersa Maxima and Müller (big grey and small grey snails) are two subtypes that belong to the one edible type of snail, Helix aspersa. The former are competitors of the grape snails, due to the opportunity to be grown in the farm and gentle meat. The later are valuable products for cosmetic industry.
Size is the main difference between these subtypes. However, there are also differences in breeding and cultivation, nutrition and caring. Let us consider these differences.
Common features of snails’ nutrition
The basis for feeding all types of snails is calcium. It makes the shell stronger. Therefore, snails choose soil, where the content of calcium is the highest one. The ground must also be constantly fertilized. Snails crawl on the soil, and eat it sometimes.
Helix aspersa Maxima and Müller have the similar attitude to the surrounding world: in addition to soil, they also move along the leaves and eat them (even more often than the soil). Therefore, the farm should have different plants: from wild grapes to usual weeds.
What is the difference between Helix aspersa Maxima and Müller?
In addition to differences in diameters of the shell (45 mm of Helix aspersa Maxima and 28-35 mm of Müller’s), the subtypes have the following differences:
- The gourmets prefer large snails, as they are easy to eat. The have more gentle meat.
- Susceptibility to temperature conditions. Small gray snails survive at 8 degrees of heat, while large snails survive only at 12 degrees.
- The number of eggs. 120 eggs are peculiar to Müller, while Maxima may lay up to 160 eggs.
- Growth rate. Small gray snails grow faster, in less then six months, while large snails need 1-2 months more.
These differences affect the care of different subspecies, but not their nutrition.
What must the snails be fed with?
Health and healthy life of mollusks do not require calcinated soil and many plants solely. Snails live longer in artificial conditions than in nature. The following factors contribute to their health:
- concentrated nutrition, which should be bought from reputable manufacturers;
- fruits and vegetables;
- delicacies — eggs, cottage cheese, bread soaked in milk.
Concentrated nutrition, which is an important component of Helix aspersa Maxima and Müller’s nutrition. Producers not only take into account the rate of each useful element in the diet of mollusks, but:
- process food in such a way that proteins, fats and carbohydrates become more accessible for the organism of the creature and better assimilated;
- produce a product that is stored for a long time and contains a large amount of nutrients (more than in plants, fruits and vegetables);
- use high temperature during processing, which makes the food nutritious, but also tasty;
- add components that increase the resistance of individuals to various diseases.
Food is usually universal and differs with the content of certain nutrients, suitable for both subspecies of snails.