‘Zombie snail’ is freaking people out and amazing them at the same time

Every now and then a post crops up on Twitter that makes you question everything you know about the world around you.

Last week it was two photos of bizarre bathrooms that sent people on the website into total meltdown.

But this week it’s something much stranger.

A video of a creature being called a ‘zombie snail’ has gone viral on the social network, reminding everyone what a weird world we live in.

This reminder is all thanks to a user named Mike Inouye, who posted the clip which shows a snail whose motor functions and eye stalks have been taken over by a parasitic flatworm.



It’s been dubbed a ‘zombie snail’

 

He explained: “This zombie snail. A parasitic worm Leucochloridium has taken over its motor functions and eye stalks, making them into caterpillar mimics so birds will eat them. The worm can then reproduce in the bird’s GI tract, eventually transmitting via its faeces.”

According to animaldiversity.org, the Leucochloridium tend to be found in “temperate forests” in North America and Europe and as well as being a parasite of snails, it can also inhabit a range of birds, including crows, jays, sparrows and finches.

Now, doesn’t that all just sound delightful?!

Understandably many people were freaked out by the whole thing, while also being a little bit in awe of nature.

One person commented: “HOLY F***”

 

Another said: “This is deeply, deeply horrifying and amazing and cool. Thank you for sharing it even though it makes me want to scream!”

A third proclaimed: “BURN IT. THIS ABOMINATION MUST NEVER SEE THE LIGHT OF ANOTHER DAY.”

Someone else simply wrote: “NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE.”

“Well this is terrifying,” added a fifth person.

If you’re struggling with the idea of a zombie snail, a different user branded it a “disco snail poo worm”, which we have to say is a name we can definitely get on board with.

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