snail jockey

Dear DMC: Here is some slightly disturbing news. How can we slow down the snails? Would a speed limit work? Or should we also put some bumps on the ground to encourage them to stick at a snail’s pace?

Snail lighting upBest wishes

Steve Reszetniak


Dear Steve,

Wow. BBC sped up the video. It was almost too exciting to watch. We had to sit down for a while to recover after watching it. MIght there be a copy we could watch that has not been sped up?

We are pleased to see that the University of Exetor is studying how snails sprread parasites that can be fatal to dogs.

We’d also like to mention that our Snail Racing page has information about snail racing. We’ll be adding the information in this BBC article to the page.