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Amber snails are sometimes infected by a parasitic flatworm called Leucochloridium paradoxum. The snails are an intermediate host for the flatworms, but the parasitism is most unfortunate for the snails. Once inside a snailís gut, the flatworm grows long broodsacs full of many free-swimming larvae. The pulsating broodsacs push up into the eye stalks of the snail and with their movement and bright colors they attract the attention of birds. The snail, unable to detect light as it normally could, may wander out of the shade, further increasing its chances of being discovered by a bird. The bird will then peck at the pulsating eye stalks, thinking they are wriggling grubs, and thereby ingest the larvae inside the broodsacs. The flatworms complete their reproductive cycle inside the bird, producing thousands of eggs which the bird then excretes, and more snails consume in the birdís droppings. Not grossed out yet? Watch this video.
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YoJo1991 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011
Ever since I've first learned about this parasite, I really loved it! too bad for the snail but hey, nature can be cruel... This drawing is amazing! beautiful details! you can really see the texture of the tissues ^^ <3
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ayuICHI Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This one is sooooo cute ;A;
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Cacodaemonia Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Hehe, you think so? It kind of grosses me out because of the parasites. >.<
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TaksArt Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
ah, the 'zombie' snails :3
we talked about these in animal behavior.

i love how you do the detail
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Cacodaemonia Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Creeeeeeepy. :) Thanks!
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snowzapped Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2010
And this is why truth is stranger than fiction. :D
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Cacodaemonia Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Haha, exactly.
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Eloarei Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Goodness, that's fantastically disgusting.
Except I totally thought it was some sort of weird baby turtle at first. ^^
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Cacodaemonia Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Haha, I can totally see how it looks like a baby turtle in the thumbnail! Like, with its little front legs raised up, right? XD
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Eloarei Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes! It seemed so cute, until I realized that baby turtles usually wear, y'know, turtle shells instead of snail shells. ^^;
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Cacodaemonia Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Haha well, it's a cute image anyway!
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Eulchen Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2010
Again nature is so morbid! No human being could come up with something like that themselves. This sounds really complex and cruel in a way. I think I saw this in a report or documentation on BBC once. fascinating in a way.
As for the sketch... I LOVE the pencil shading. The body and the snail shell look really different from the texture and I really admire this in pencil work. I also really like the patten :)
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:iconcacodaemonia:
Cacodaemonia Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Oh, thank you. ^^ I think I should have gone a bit lighter with the outlines of the shell, but it was a learning experience.
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Eulchen Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2010
Learning by doing ;)
I know I do it with each picture ^^'''
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kiminley Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2010
i've been following your sketch project though the SBP group, and i must say that all of your drawings are extremely interesting! keep it up, i absolutely love all these technical drawing type stuff. you are a very talented artist
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Cacodaemonia Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much. :)
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haius Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2010  Hobbyist
What a terrible way to die. Having your eyes get swollen, stop functioning, and get pecked out by a bird. Lovely.
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Cacodaemonia Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I think some of the snails survive and regenerate their eye stalks, but then the parasites just use them again. :/
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haius Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2010  Hobbyist
:iconcryforeverplz:

Poor snails...
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aedifico Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Aww, poor snails. :(
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Cacodaemonia Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I know. :<
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paradoxataur Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2010
a.sljf That is gross and terrible. D: I feel for you, little snails. Having your eyes pecked out... Augh!
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:iconcacodaemonia:
Cacodaemonia Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah, me too. It doesn't seem pleasant. :(
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SenPen Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2010
Woooow i recently watched that video and then i saw your drawing and i was like...
Hm is that inspired by that zombie snail video? xD

Anyway i really like it!
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Cacodaemonia Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I think I originally saw a different video years ago, but I'm sure it was similar to the one in the link I posted. :) Thanks!
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Slippywonder Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2010
omg....that was totally in the movie "Parasite Eve" that i watched the other night
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:iconcacodaemonia:
Cacodaemonia Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Huh, I've never seen it.
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Slippywonder Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2010
it stinks...but at some point,the teacher is telling the kids about that parastite at the school xD
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alectryomachy Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010
I remember watching a video about parasites that included the snail-flatworm relationship in middle school. I totally forgot about it until a video clip of that same footage was shown on t.v. in Japan. And wow, gross, now I can't forget it, lol.

I hate snails and slugs, though, so I can't say I'd ever feel sorry for them.

Nice pencil work. What made you want to draw it?
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Cacodaemonia Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah, it's pretty nasty. I love cute little slugs and snails, so I feel really bad for them. :<

Thanks. :) I'm doing the Sketchbook Project 2011 and my theme is "Adhere to me", so I'm focusing a lot on parasites and other symbiotic relationships.
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alectryomachy Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2010
I'm biased against them because I garden. I don't understand why my pansies have to suffer and die when there is a perfectly edible lettuce patch next door. Lazy little buggers. >:c

Ooh, are you going to do some beneficial relationships, like clown fish and anemones? :D
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Cacodaemonia Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Haha, same here. I like them, but I don't like them in my garden. :P

Already done. I've posted most of the SB Project sketches in my gallery.
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alectryomachy Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2010
Oh, thanks. I like the clownfish and the conjoined twins one. :D
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Cacodaemonia Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Aw, thanks. :)
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Steven-T-H-N Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010
have you read much about the various parasitic wasps. a lot of that is spooky and makes me glad that there aren't giant in the D&D scale of giant wasp.
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Cacodaemonia Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I have! They're on my list for this project, actually. :)
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Steven-T-H-N Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2010
the cockroach parasitic wasps are nasty little guys. beautiful though

awesome idea for a sketchbook theme. There are some species of frog that live in tarantula holes. (i wanted to be a biologist for a number of years)
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Cacodaemonia Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Cockroach parasites, huh? I've never seen those, but will check them out. Thanks! I didn't know about those frogs, either. How do they manage to avoid capture?

Hehe, same here. I was going to go to school for marine bio but realized that I wouldn't be able to handle the math.
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Steven-T-H-N Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2010
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Cacodaemonia Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Hehe, I went and looked up these critters yesterday, and watched some videos about them. :)
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Steven-T-H-N Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2010
wasps and ants are just freaky and amazing.
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:iconcacodaemonia:
Cacodaemonia Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
They are! I love insects. :)
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Steven-T-H-N Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2010
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Luincalen Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010
Watching that video lead me on a trail of very disgusting youtube videos. Oh dear.
I have never seen this before. Poor snaily.
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Cacodaemonia Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Haha, Youtube is dangerous like that. XD
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BlueBumbleBee Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010
That sounds disgusting. And painful, for the snail.
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Cacodaemonia Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
It does. D:
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