We all know what happens when a slug or snail touches salt. Or, at least we have a pretty good idea (you don’t need to look it up, trust me) — but recently, someone dared ask the follow-up question we didn’t know we needed. How do snails drink water?
On TikTok, (where else?) user @cirruslyyesterday shared a video with the caption “I just learned how a snail drinks water and I’ll never be the same again,” followed by uncredited footage from nature channel Nature Picture Library on YouTube.
As the slug approaches a droplet, the most interesting thing happens:
According to the video’s description, a “newly hatched slug (Gastropoda)” is approaching the droplet “before bursting it and retracting its eyestalks,” seemingly out of defensive surprise. The stunning moment, captured by Nature Picture Library’s Steve Downer, shows just how different the world is for these unusual creatures.
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It’s not the only video of slugs (and snails) interacting with water that’s gone viral recently. A Reddit post on the r/Damnthatsinteresting sub caught attention for showing a slug touching a droplet and, instead of bursting it, seemingly being sucked inside it for a moment!
It just goes to show some of the most interesting answers lie behind some of the strangest questions.
For a more successful example of a snail drinking water, this gif, also shared on Reddit, has got you covered:
According to the appropriately-named factsaboutsnails.com, when water isn’t available, a snail may aestivate (hibernate, essentially) until it becomes available. Then, when they get the chance to drink, they jump on it!
This helps explain why there are so many different ways that snails and slugs drink and absorb water.
It all depends on how much they need, their species, and even their environment.
Watch Nature Picture Library’s video here.Whizzco