Happy Snail With A Giant Cucumber Slice In Its Mouth

October 13, 2016

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This is a picture of a snail eating a giant piece of cucumber (relative to its own size, at least). Are snail mouths really that big? Is the cucumber actually in its mouth, or is it trying to climb over the cucumber? I'm not very good with snail anatomy. I do know that snails have both a penis and vagina though, so that's something. Something you don't forget after you hear in 6th grade science class. I got detention for asking if they can bang themselves even though that's a perfectly legitimate question. I lost my faith in the public school system that day.

Thanks to Amelie, who agrees that snail's eyes are definitely bigger than its stomach.

  • DrZanz

    Ahem... *Nerd glasses applied*

    It actually has more of the plastic lid 'in' its 'mouth'. It's more than likely just climbing onto the cucumber. Granted, it will be preparing to feast on the slice but it won't be doing anything of the sort until optimal coverage with the foot is achieved.

  • Gingerbread

    How can you be sure that he's happy about that? Maybe he's stuck? Maybe he wanted to take a smaller bite? What if he chokes on it? You know nothing about snail feelings!

  • Ollie Williams

    So can they bang themselves, then? Asking for a... uh... friend.

  • The_Wretched

    No, they are hermaphrodite who need a partner for some cross fertilizing (most species).

  • Ollie Williams

    Shame.

  • The_Wretched

    The fun part is that some species have a shiv-like structure they use to pierce the body wall to let the sperm into their partner...literally tearing them a new one (which then heals up like other wounds). The sperm just crawl around internally until they get to the right place.

  • Frédéric Purenne

    You forgot to mention the whole process is done with two hermaphrodite snails dueling with a stick protruding from their heads, and the loser becomes the female and winner male.

  • Jenness

    Who knew snails were that hardcore? Holy crap. That really puts that whole Turbo movie into question for me now.

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