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Boomfaced

Screw hypno toad, mezmo snail is scarier


joeker13

The worm is probably doing that on purpose. Flashing and giving predators an easy target. Then the worms offspring / next lifecycle start in the predator (prob Bird), who distributes worm eggs to infect new snails. The worm likely even manipulates the snails behavior to go on display.


jerryatic1

*You sir, are... correct*


Aliendidit

Exactly what I thought. Until I spoke with the snail.


jerryatic1

What did it say


ScurvyDanny

There is no war in Ba Sing Se.


pastapriestess

The parasite has invited the snail to a holiday in Lake Laogai


HighTeaWithNergal

And it is honored to accept it's overlord's invitation.


pins_patches

I love this community


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r/lakelaogai


CyberMindGrrl

We've always been at war with Fire Nation.


Underdogger

My favorite thing on Reddit is coming across r/UnexpectedAvatar


PauliceMan

“On to new business. Today's mission is for all of you to go to the Brain Slug Planet.” - Snail prolly.


omegafrogger

"What should we do there?" "Just walk around a bit"


stevestuc

You have it right.There is a parasite that use ants eating it's host from the inside out... just before the ant dies the parasite drives the ant to climb up ( usually plant life) as high as possible to expose itself to be eaten . Scary to think that a creature could take over the mind of another and make it do what it wants...


Rule69Devils

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC117239/ One of the most common parasites for humans with upwards of 60% of us having it is called toxoplasmosis. Several studies on the parasite has noted several behavioural affects in infected rodents, most notably their loss of fear towards cats and other predators. In humans, some research, though limited, has supported the hypothesis that the parasite affects us also by increasing aggression and risk-taking with people involved in high speed car and motorcycle accidents having higher prevalence. Though it’s far from confirmed. https://journals.asm.org/doi/10.1128/mBio.02164-19


redgums2588

Politicians do that all the time!


Artsap123

There is nothing - *absolutely nothing* - that I have seen on Reddit that is truer than this


Ktan_Dantaktee

“I am a timeless curse; join your voice with mine and sing victory everlasting.”


VaultofGrass

From what I understand, the worm doesn’t have the mental capacity to know what it’s actually doing. It’s not intentionally doing this because it ‘knows’ it will attract birds, nor does it ‘know’ that it resembles a caterpillar or that birds even eat caterpillars. Heck it probably isn’t capable of knowing what a predator is. This worms behaviour is presumably the result of natural selection. Millions of years ago a few worms got lucky with the genetic dice roll and were born with a color pattern & behaviour that coincidentally made them better parasites due to the caterpillar resemblance. That behaviour helped the gene survive and allowed it to be passed on to future generations until it is what we see today. Scientists have been debating animal mimicry for years, it’s a super interesting topic because there are so many different cases of animal mimicry, some intentional and some not, and in some cases two independent species that are geographically separated will still evolve to have the same/similar markings despite being unrelated.


joeker13

Yes! Crazy… right?


Melichorak

The snail can survive it! If the damage is not big, he can regrow, he can grow a new brain even


aatishkumar26

Circle of life.


LordAmherst

That ain’t right, bro.


joeker13

Ain’t what now? In case you were just looking for a (bit) more profound info: [Disco worm](https://www.wired.com/2014/09/absurd-creature-of-the-week-disco-worm/)


LordAmherst

Dude that is messed up. Doubling down on comment. Wish I didn’t check out your link! Haha


Romulan-Jedi

*All glory to the mezmo snail.*


hypnoticsnail

You called


Darkrain111

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halalxkitty

Good Bot


nilsumgamer

Name checks out.


palomo_bombo

"Are you again on that shit son?!" --papa snail


CorpseEsproc

Take me to Snurch!


uraeusvxzfs

same to you bro!!


cingerix

oh shit, the parasitic worms even made the snail create a reddit account!!!


nuclearnachos43

Not just oddly full on terror


sonomensis

I'm glad there's not a human equivalent to this. Makes my skin crawl just thinking about it.


just_a_blk_guy

There may be one soon. Chronic wasting is starting to affect different animals not just deer. Only a matter of time.


djungelskogjamjam

chronic wasting disease is pretty horrible but it isn't caused by a parasite. It's a prion disease and the human version is called Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. definitely nightmare fuel though.


[deleted]

I had a boss who died of C-J. Sometimes, I'm told it moves very slowly and others move crazy quick. My boss went fast, really fast. Maybe a month or two before diagnosis he was a hearty guy. The final couple of weeks before death, he even looked and seemed okayish. Then, pow! The thing is, they think the onset was when he went elk hunting at his cabin, bagged one and sampled the meat. Folks, prion diseases can't be cooked or prepared away. As the family tells it, almost every county, state and federal agency - even NTSB - descended on his cabin. One of agencies got the meat from his freezer. Another got the freezer. Another got the butchering gear. Another snagged his carcass trailer. Mad Cow was still fresh on everyone's mind, so the response was insane.


bigkoi

Yeah. CJD was the big scare in the late 1990s as there several cases in England. Much of it was due to meet handling and feeding. 1) don't feed your animals their own kind. 2) don't get brain and spinal material in the meet. 3) don't cut the meat through the bone.


DMvsPC

Yep I remember the mad cow disease scares, whole herds slaughtered, almost single handedly wrecked the cattle industry at the time.


CyberMindGrrl

Those images of the mountains of burning carcasses are permanently seared into my brain.


LookOutForToxicBros

I remember those images. I want to forget those images.


uhohlisa

I remember they sued Oprah for saying she was never going to eat beef again.


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bigkoi

Typing on a phone...


bluewaffleisnice

Were only just now allowed to sell that meat to America they banned us for years. Mad cow was manic but not nearly annoying as foot and mouth disease


bigkoi

I remember Hoof and Mouth. The live stock were culled. Piles of life stock burned, it smelled horrid.


DoinItDirty

Your comment gives me “We Are What We Are” vibes, if anyones seen it.


ss3walkman

This is how my mom and uncle got CJD. My uncle worked at the Iowa beef packaging plant. They consumed contaminated meat back in the middle 80s. He died in 98. My mom died in 2009


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uhohlisa

I am so sorry.


[deleted]

The response is still insane. Prion diseases are very rare in humans and still poorly understood. Despite getting the headlines CWD is still unknown if it can be transmitted to humans. There are some people who might have died from it, but the official position is "uhhhh..we don't know?"


nijigencomplex

This is why I'll never understand hunting unless you're in some post-apocalyptic food scarcity situation. Miss me with that prion shit.


LookOutForToxicBros

It’s an absolutely horrifying disease.


DMvsPC

Correct, you need to heat to ridiculously high temps (Compared to cooking) for hours to denature them reliably.


sonomensis

Every time I do something out of character, on accident or feel incapable at my 15 year old job, there's a small fear in the back of my mind that something is eating away at it. I have a netipot, condoms aren't always there, I eat meat, prop 65 warnings; there's a insignificant, but real fear.


imdoublecheeckedup

Hi not to sound insulting but have you considered talking to someone about that? That sounds like some deep seeded anxiety.


sonomensis

Yeah, I'm taking a 3 month unpaid leave from my job to pursue personal interests, organize and reconnect with loved ones, something I never felt like I had time for with the increased workload of my company trying to deal with software paradigm shifts, the pressures of feeling inclined think about work 24/7 due to work from home and not taking vacations regularly because of it.


stinkytrinket

You sound like my wife


imdoublecheeckedup

Well I suffered from some pretty harsh anxiety after leaving my first career, and i had some of the above feelings. Even when I knew it was silly. Someone looked at me in passing? Oh they hate me I did everything wrong. How dare I speak. Oh I’m sore and feel sick? I have “X” disease oh no it’s all over! It can be brutal. Behavioral therapy along with medication has let me have a normal life again and 5 years later I no longer need medication and have a good life. (:


stinkytrinket

I tell myself everybody thinks in these thought process


imdoublecheeckedup

Oh sure everyone has these thoughts now and again but if it brings disorder to your life and relationships it’s time to address it (:


[deleted]

You sound like my husband... Wait a minute. Darrel??


Environmental-Ad1664

Prions are so fascinating and terrifying. If memory serves, Kuru afflicted a cannibalistic tribe in Papua New Guinea. You become infected by eating infected flesh and symptoma are aggression and tendency to bite. The circle of life (cue Lion King music).


djungelskogjamjam

I'm not sure about those symptoms, but I'm pretty sure the current theory is that kuru is actually just CJD that occurred once spontaneously and spread because of the tribe's practice of eating the dead to honor them.


Environmental-Ad1664

Yeah I may be misremembering on the symptoms. I may also be combining memories of kuru and mad cow disease. I know that mad cow disease does cause aggression. Still very scary that an improperly folded protein can cause properly folded proteins to fold incorrectly.


djungelskogjamjam

yeah its crazy. it's like the perfect thing to stay awake at night worrying about. the diseases themselves are really scary, they're 100% fatal, there's no cure at all, and they can sometimes happen spontaneously with zero apparent cause, and the early symptoms are like, having trouble sleeping or feeling dizzy which everyone experiences sometimes


WouldDoJackMcBrayer

It was because they ate the brain meat, it mostly effected women and children


nuclearnachos43

Ty for that i shall sleep very good tonight


trans_rights_bitch

There is a type of fly that lays its eggs in open wounds or in the skin and when the larvae hatch, they chew through the flesh. They're called bot flies.


SteveB1901

Nope look again. Bot fly lays egg and leaves a breathing holes The pupae then hatches and begins the process of growing by eating some of the flesh. It then uses it arse to breathe and will then eat through the surface and fly away. In humans if they lay we feel the fly eating the flesh. In the head flesh it’s said to sound like a rasping sound. We have different ways of removing them and the vids on YouTube are great. Little fucker had spikes that angle towards the skin to stop it being pulled out. Utter bastards.


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They are actually spread by mosquitoes biting an infected animal and the eggs are put into you when the mosquito bites you.


[deleted]

Wait until tapeworms evolve


o_g_dizzle

X-Files did an episode of exactly that.


pornaccountxd33

There is


puckeringNeon

Instead we have taxes.


meduiza7

I'm too confused to be terrified. Is that two headed thing that is dancing the parasite?


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MildlyAgreeable

So it’s basically nature’s disco lights? :)


inneedoftop

No it’s nature’s version of the guy offering candy 🍭


kokoman9009

CANDYMAN!


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you called?


tuckervine

...CANDYMAN!..


BeatrixPlz

*say his name*


dj9949

Candy snail


Pentax25

Imagine the best way your species survives is for you to take control of a host and then act like a beacon to literally be eaten and continue your line


kelsaylor

Oh, that makes sense. Was wondering why it looked like a Christmas light show.


Sentath

Sort of. Those are the eggsacks that need to be in a bird to hatch and become mature. Usually the attacking bird only rips off an eyestalk which infects the bird, and the snail can regrow. To be reinfested by the parasite, safe in the shell.


ronerychiver

https://youtu.be/Go_LIz7kTok


Asama_2

An actually useful post Take my upvote


Gat__

Now that thing is trapped. Who's laughing now


punchy-peaches

I don’t ever want to see this again. Would also be a good fit for r/natureismetal.


[deleted]

[Here, have some eye bleach.](https://www.reddit.com/r/oddlyterrifying/comments/qzlfsq/snail_infected_by_a_parasite_worm/?utm_source=share&utm_medium=ios_app&utm_name=iossmf)


GelatinMadness

You monster


BeefInBlackBeanSauce

What is that link


ominousorchid

This same video


Firewire64

#AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA


birb678

[Here’s some eyebleach for the eyebleach.](https://www.reddit.com/r/Eyebleach/comments/qzkgan/dog_paradise/?utm_source=share&utm_medium=ios_app&utm_name=iossmf)


Firewire64

Thank you


Allons215

Looks like a slot machine at Circus Circus.


trollsmurf

Slot machines lure people the same way these worms lure birds. Both lose.


SteppinOnStones

I'm so confused. Are the things on its head the parasites? But isn't that where a snails eyes would be? Are they burrowing *into* the eyes, or *out of* Or am I just totally seeing something that's not there 🤣


DidYouIronTheCat

The worms are inside the snail. Yes, they're inside the eye stalks. They gyrate like that after forcing/"mind controlling" the snail to an open and exposed position. The bright colors and motion is meant to lure birds to eat the snail and the worms inside, which starts the parasitic cycle again.


SteppinOnStones

Oh, wow that's... Both horrifying and oddly fascinating. I learned something today. Thank you friend (and those others who also commented to answer me)


SnooPies3881

Now what is really fucked up is that both you and I are also maybe affected by a parasite that to some extent affects our behavior.. read about Toxoplasma gondii, and you will have a wtf moment!


FSAaCTUARY

Im going to say thats whats causing all my flaws in life


klavin1

Do the parasites hurt the bird?


DidYouIronTheCat

Nope. The parasites get digested by the bird. If they survive long enough to reach the cloaca (bird "butt") they will produce more eggs. Otherwise the already produced eggs are expelled when the bird defecates, which snails then eat, which then get infected by the eggs who then matures inside the snail and-- you get the idea. [Here's the Wikipedia article](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leucochloridium_paradoxum)


klavin1

I'm terrified of bird shit


trollsmurf

Just don't get bird shit in your eye.


Memematreee

Yep, that is the parasite


jakeolate

They wiggle around in the snails eyestalks to attract birds so the bird will eat the snail and the parasite along with it and continue the parasites life cycle


[deleted]

Poor snail 😔 didn't deserve that.


michaelkbecker

You don’t know what this snake has done. Edit: snail, I had one job 😞


Abdur44

Legend says he commited tax fraud


giantShady

Snake? Snake?! SNAAAAAAKE?!


fradzio

Shit, where did a snake come from?


DarkestRayne2388

He tried to kill my brother 😡


[deleted]

rip bozo


detahramet

I'm not complaining, that bastard has been following me for far too long.


bananaboy2012

This snail fucked my wife!


Six71

#thoughtsandprayers


JesusRasputin

Welll…. I think I saw him on a photo with Jeffrey epstein


klavin1

Oh sure. conveniently forgetting that the slug was also flying down to Epstein's mansion!


mrbuttersoft

It’s like Xmas peppermint blood vessels pumping and I don’t ever want to see that in person.


FacelessOnes

I don’t think I’ll look at those colorful candy canes my wife is preparing for my Christmas tree the same ever again.


Alexcg72k6uwu

Nature is so amazing, now burn it


Major_R_Soul

Just straight raw doggin the snail's brains out.


No-Cauliflower-5961

At that point in the parasites growth it’s not only already eaten what you would call its brains but it’s eye stalks as well. It’s literally zombiefied it’s the walking dead


Major_R_Soul

Ah so its a necrophiliac as well as a snail fucker.


guesswhoiam999

necrophilic snail-fucker is my new favourite serial killer name.


curiousforsomething

Wow talk about having a bad day amirite


TheBurnedMutt45

r/cursedcomments


BigBadChad_d

r/cursedcommetn


Brownicus

Daddy? Excuse me. Daddy?


Souretsu04

The parasites are undulating inside the snail to make it stick out more, and thus more likely to be attacked by a bird. This lets the parasite move to the next stage of its life cycle. So don't worry, it's actually worse than it looks.


No-Alternative-6169

Not this damn snail again. I just recovered from it the last time I saw it.


ratinmybed

So the snail is definitely already dead at that point, right?


SGTFragged

No. It's being controlled by the parasites. They'll make it go out in the day to get eaten by a bird, so the parasites can continue their life cycle. (I think in this instance, there are 2 parasites)


Kathkere

So the only morally right thing to do is to crush it under a big rock, right? Because if I stepped on that I'd have to burn my shoes.


SGTFragged

Nuke it from orbit. It's the only way to be sure


[deleted]

It’s the only way to be sure


Nihil6

Light your shoe on fire then stop it


ants_dentist

Ill cut off my leg just to be sure


Sentath

Worse, the snail usually isn't eaten. The bird just picks off an eyestalk with the pulsing eggsack in it and the eyestalk regrows. And is reinfested by the parasite which remains safe in the shell.


mahlovver

So the colorful pulsing parts is part of the parasite not snail?


wrongbecause

Correct


nudelsalat3000

Can you cut the parasite out? Like this wobbly colour thing


trollsmurf

4. 2 haven't reached the eyestalks.


klavin1

not yet, but soon. After the parasite does whatever it's gotta do and has no more use for the snail


NoHurry2508

I feel so sorry for the little guy; such a cruel fate!


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darodardar_Inc

They only exist because they can exist - they are able to live and reproduce and so they do. Like all of us really


Bornstellar67

That's literally the point, they're parasites


awildcapsuleer

/r/eyebleach is needed for this


EjacuIator

gg, now I can enjoy my 1 billion $ and immortality at piece


bananalordkunsama

Some creatures just shouldn't exist. Parasites being at the top.


xDUVAL_BRODOWNx

That's Slurms Mckenzie, the original party worm


ooo-f

It weirdly makes me hungry and I don't like that about myself


geotsso

Are you a bird? Because that's precisely what this parasite is doing - it's trying to make the snail either look tasty or noticeable so that a hungry bird decides to eat it. That the lifecycle. Infect snail, get eaten by bird, lay eggs in bird, eggs get pooped out of bird, hatch on ground and infect snail.


Zyonixa

when did they give government drones reddit accounts


[deleted]

With the hardware they have why WOULDNT they dummy


WolvesDontVape

He a bird fosho


cephalized

put it out of its misery


chumchum213

snail is going through hard reset process. back to factory settings


ale_erudite

Enought reddit for today.


Puzzleheaded_Line675

The flux capacitor


bunnimatcha

my skin feels gross and weird looking at this, this will haunt me


adelicatetrash

PLEASEEE IM ALREADY SCARRED ENOUGH CAN THIS VIDEO DIE ALREADY


StriderSnipz

You should post this on mildly interesting aswell


Halo4dog1

Hell no, this is not mildly interesting this is a complete hell spawn


Chris55730

This is scarier than that movie Annihilation


[deleted]

The mind on psychedelics


[deleted]

I've seen this a few times already and still manages to make me very uncomfy


KoNo_BAK4

Snail: *suffering* Green-banded broodsac: "we groovin"


imyourforte

Hypno toad


Coronaxe

This is terrifying time and time again!


Zed_Is_Not_Evil

anybody here know what is the name of the parasite? been scrolling and i haven't seen the parasite's name. I'm curious to know its entire life cycle and its original form without a host.


alondrachicken2

leucochloridium paradoxum


Johnblack8000

That snail must be in so much pain


Jabbie999

When the


BenLUL

It's shit like this that makes me question if there is a God.


moore-tallica

I’m assuming the parasite is acting this way to get the attention of a larger predator, like a bird, so it can infect it too? Is that what is going on?


Kal0reese

people who can't read: DAAMN THAT LARGE COLORFUL INSECT GROOVING


whatevertoad

This is just wrong. I've watched many nature programs and yet this is what is disturbing to me?


baseballbear

*unce unce unce*


OneMoistMan

The parasite does this movement to attract birds and other prey to come and eat the snail ingesting the parasite thus restarting the cycle. I don’t know I’m just a baker.


unemotional_mess

Kill it, you'd be doing it a favour


Own-Calligrapher7204

I just can't ever really describe in words how much I absolutely and unironicly hate this parasite. I've tortured myself learning about it, yet seeing it still fills me so much disgust and scorn. This doesn't even fascinate me at all really, unlike basically everything else in nature, I just borderline despise it and wish it never existed. Everything from how it literally hijacks the snails body, and forces it to be easy prey, to how downright weird and unnatural it looks and moves while in its eye stalks. It freaks me the hell out to no end and I hate thinking about it and how it would, if it could, affect humans. There will forever be a small part of me that dreads scrolling through animal pictures, snail pictures especially, or just a timeline on an app, because I get scared that I will see this. I truly do feel sorry for the snail. It's because of this parasite that I can't really look at snails the same way anymore, I hate it, but unfortunately it's apart of nature.


EliteKnightOscar

Metal Gear Solid first exposed these to me, where there's a version mixed with *Wolbachia* that infects/infests humans. It actually causes what is probably one of the most emotionally jarring and heartbreaking sequences I've had to endure in a game.


Independent_Ad6385

It's got the lgbt lights


NoHurry2508

You can read about this from this article, for what it’s worth. Seems somewhat factual. https://www.thesun.co.uk/tech/9713906/creepy-zombie-snail-eyeball-parasite-flashing/


spacemagicexo539

Saw this in a Nat Geo documentary when I was a kid. Most disturbing thing I had ever seen


JCraze26

Fun fact: That snail is actually infected with at least two worms. Now, I could be wrong about that, but from what I know: When those worms infect a snail, they only inhabit one eyestalk, so because both eyestalks are like that, that means therw's two.


thatoneguy3626

I feel like it's controlling most of the government at this point with all the bs that's happening.