Mind the molluscs: 20 giant African land snails need a home (video)
THEY don't need regular walks and won't cost you a fortune in food.
In fact, a little moist compost and a yummy salad is enough to keep any pet snail happy.
Teachers at an East Yorkshire school are hoping the creatures' simple diet and unique appearance will encourage local residents to adopt them.
Flamborough Primary School has become home to more than 30 giant African land snails, after two of their class pets mated and had babies.
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The snail baby boom led to about 32 new arrivals at the school, which teachers now need to find homes for.
"I like having them in the classroom, they are really big and massive," said five-year-old reception class pupil Joshua Harvey.
"I held one in my hand and it was all slimy and wet. It felt a bit weird.
"I'd like one as a pet, though. I like watching them moving about in their tank."
The snails originally came to the school about three years ago, when cook Debbie Hanson brought two in from home.
These two snails had a baby, which grew into adult.
The Puffin reception class looked after them in a tank in their classroom and loved watching their movements through a magnifier. But, after another pregnancy, about 32 babies were born.
Puffin class teacher Rachel Dinsdale said: "Our cook has three of her own at home, so when they had babies she brought in a couple for us.
"They had a baby which grew up, so for a while we had three adult snails.
"But then a few months ago they had a lot of babies, which are now between half an inch and an inch-and-a-half big.
"We've managed to rehome 12 to parents and other schools.
"But we have about 20 babies left we need to find homes for.
"It is too many for us to keep here."
Children in Puffin class have an excellent view of the snails in the tank.
They have a prime spot for watching the unique class pets munching and crunching their way through juicy lettuce leaves.
Mrs Dinsdale said: "They like to eat lettuce and cucumber. Because they are a lot larger than normal snails – about a palm size when they are adults – you can see them more clearly.
"If you get close, you can see them opening their mouths.
"We don't normally let the children handle them, but we got them out for the Mail's photographer to see.
"With the snails being all slimy, I think the boys like them most."
Puffin class is lucky as it is currently the only class at Flamborough with pets.
Pupil Joshua said: "I think the other classes might be jealous, because we have massive snails."
The snails are relatively easy to look after as a pet, and won't require walking or expensive vet bills.
Mrs Dinsdale said: "They really like lettuce but they can have apples and banana as well.
"They also need compost, which is moist, but not wet. They're quite easy to look after."
Anyone interested in adopting a snail can call the school on 01262 850513 during normal school opening hours.