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The Sound of  Wild Snail eating

The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating

Elisabeth Tova Bailey

Natural History

It’s 25th May 2020 and we’re into a tenth week of lockdown confinement in Scotland, attempting to slow down the spread of Covid-19. The natural world, meanwhile, is indifferent to human trauma and is as lively this Springtime as any. While a mysterious viral infection keeps the author bedridden, Bailey watches a wild snail in a glass terrarium by her nightstand. Intrigued by the snail’s molluscan anatomy, cryptic defences, clear decision making, hydraulic locomotion, and mysterious courtship activities, Bailey becomes an astute and amused observer. The result of her long observations is a highly detailed description of this curious little animal.