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Watch a Snail Lay Pink Eggs

Bloop…bloop…bloop.

Do yourself a favor and skip straight to minute 3:30 of this life-changing video.

You’ll see little Pepto-Bismal-colored pink bloops glide out of this snail’s somewhere-or-other. What you’ve just witnessed is the egg-laying process of a female apple snail. Who knew?

Unlike most other types of snail, apple snails are not hermaphrodites, and cannot self-fertilize. The male and female must mate, a ritual that can last between two and 12 hours.

If you currently own an apple snail and notice that none of your snail’s eggs are transforming into baby snails, there is an online resource for that. For more general apple snail FAQs, see here

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