Why Do Snails Come Out After the Rain?


Who would have ever thought snails would be a muse? Russian photographer Vadim Trunov has captured these magnificent macro photos of snails out and about minding their own business. Perhaps Vadim has shown a different side to snails from their usual reputation as garden pests.

There are thousands of snail species found in a range of habitats ranging from deserts to mountains to marshes.  Some snails even live underground! These are the ones we normally see in our gardens, and when it rains they come above-ground to avoid drowning.

Snails are one of the slowest creatures on Earth with a top speed of about 1.3cm per second. This definitely makes it easier to capture macro photos of them, while on the other hand a lot of patience will be required waiting for them to pose!