This zombie snail. A parasitic worm Leucochloridium has taken over its motor functions and eye stalks, making them… https://t.co/j6f8WS1VDd
— Mike Inouye (@minouye271) 1565617178000
He wrote in the post: “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.”
The parasitic worm Leucochloridium is found in temperate forests in North America and Europe and apart from being a parasite of snails, it can also inhabit a range of birds, including crows, jays, sparrows and finches.
Here’s how Twitter reacted:
@minouye271 So the snail is dead at this point right? How long will the parasite live inside the dead snail if a bird doesn’t eat it?
— My Dumber Thoughts (@DumberThoughts) 1565635039000
@minouye271 @virome_girl To what extent is the snail still alive? That is crazy! https://t.co/oWU4JVhgaJ
— Brad Rosenheim (@Brad_Rosenheim) 1565629679000
@minouye271 BURN IT THIS ABOMINATION MUST NEVER SEE THE LIGHT OF ANOTHER DAY https://t.co/CSp3RVKrFr
— Vtel ‘Zolam (@Donsmacker1) 1565723219000
@jenniferlee_75 Wiki says it lives in Europe and North America!!!!!! This can’t be so But does explain a lot about disco
— Cheesetrader (@cheesetrader1) 1565644598000