A Snail Eating A Leaf - You Can See The Pieces Going Through Its Head

September 10, 2020

This is fascinating footage of a snail eating a leaf. You can actually see the pieces of leaf travel through its shiny head.

A little fun fact that might keep you up at night: a garden snail has about 14,000 teeth while other species can have over 20,000.

Elisabeth Tova Bailey wrote a book entitled "The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating".

In the book she recalls a time when she was ill for months and someone brought her a snail to "enjoy its company".

And on one very quiet night... "I could hear it eating," she writes. "The sound was of someone very small munching celery continuously."

She turned sideways and saw it, stretched out of its shell, hanging onto a wild flower (a violet) taken from the woods, and "I watched, transfixed, as over the course of an hour the snail meticulously ate an entire purple petal for dinner."

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