Snails make wonderful pets, especially for children (with adult supervision, of course). Snails are small, quiet, easy to care for, and interesting to observe. It’s simple to set up a snail terrarium where you can feed your snails, view their natural behaviors, and even handle them gently. Whether you have one snail, a pair of snails, or large group of snails, choosing names for your pet snails is just part of the fun. Although you don’t have to name your snails, names are a way to bond with your tiny pets and make them feel more like family.
A quick word about snails and kids: Although snails can be fun first pets for kids, an adult should always be around during kid and snail interactions. Snails are small and fragile and can be accidentally injured by an excited child. Kids (and adults) should always wash their hands with soap and warm water after handling snails. Finally, it almost doesn’t need to be said, but we’ll say it anyway—kids should never kiss their snails, put snails in their mouths, or eat their snails.
Tips for Choosing Pet Snail Names
There are no limits to the names you can choose for your pet snails. Kids are incredibly creative and usually have no trouble coming up with unique and fun names for their pets—snails included. Encouraging your children to name their pet snails may help motivate them to take care of their little pets. If you’re feeling stumped, consider these tips for choosing pet snail names.
First, think about how many snails you have to name. Kids will love coming up with rhyming names or themed names for two, three, four, or more snails. Other ideas include ironic snail names (for instance, Speedy or Zippy) and names that pay homage to a snail’s unique portable home (Sheldon or Shelly).
We’ve compiled 104 pet snail names to help get you started. First, let’s pull out some favorite pet snail names from all categories.
Top Pet Snail Names
- Shelly or Shelley
More Pet Snail Name Ideas
Check out the following lists of pet snail names, separated by category, including classic pet snail names, ironic pet snail names, and Disney-inspired names. Of course, you can name your pet snail anything your heart desires, so just consider these suggestions a jumping off point in your pet snail name brainstorming journey.
Classic Pet Snail Names
Some pet snail names just make sense. Some may be a little obvious, but they work! Consider some of these classic pet snail names:
- Gary (the name of the pet snail owned by SpongeBob SquarePants)
- Shelly or Shelley
Ironic Pet Snail Names
Snails are notoriously slow creatures, so choosing a pet snail name that sounds fast can be wonderfully ironic. Consider these clever pet snail names that turn a snail’s slow speed on its tail:
Pet Snail Names for Multiple Snails
It’s fun to keep more than one pet snail in your snail terrarium. If you have two, three, four, or more snail friends, consider naming multiple snails with these themed names:
- Bingo and Rolly
- Catboy, Owlette, and Gekko
- Cookies and Cream
- Eeny, Meeny, Miny, and Moe
- Harry, Ron, and Hermione
- In, Out, Up, and Down
- Luke, Leia, Han, Chewy, R2D2, and C3PO
- Peanut Butter and Jelly
- Peppa, George, Suzy, Rebecca, Zoe, Richard, Danny, and Pedro
- Ping and Pong
- Red, Yellow, Green, and Blue
- Snow White and the Seven Dwarves (Grumpy, Dopey, Doc, Happy, Bashful, Sneezy, and Sleepy)
- Thing 1 and Thing 2
Disney-Inspired Pet Snail Names
Many pet snail owners are kids, and what kid doesn’t love a little Disney in their life? Disney movies and television shows provide endless names that can be excellent pet snail names. People of any age will have fun thinking up some fun Disney-inspired names for their pet snails:
- Belle and Beast
- Chip and Dale
- Donald Duck
- Elsa and Anna
- Peter Pan
- Mary Poppins
- Winnie the Pooh
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