Many years ago I kept snails as pets. I remember how creepy it was listening to them munching egg shells that I gave them to help grow their shells quicker. They are weird and interesting critters. I once started a science fiction story where a geneticist combined the brains and tentacles of a cephalopod with the body of a giant African snail to produce a sentient creature that survives a thermonuclear war and becomes a threat to the surviving humans. But I got bored with the story and never finished it.
snail enjoying some lettuce pic.twitter.com/qzH6E7klB1
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