Have to confess that I’d never been a great fan of snails. They leave slimy trails, reproduce at alarming rates and can reduce garden plants to Swiss cheese or matchsticks in no time flat. However, I gained a new appreciation for Helix aspersa after spending a couple of days watching these gelatinous creatures with their long eye stalks and crazy quilt helices sliding around my father’s backyard in California.

LOOK MA! NO HANDS! -- This garden snail's slow-mo acrobatics were no less fascinating than anything Cirque de Soleil could do, but without the costumes and music.
SPIRAL -- Snail heads through the morning dew.
90 DEGREE TURN -- How a snail turns right.
COMING AT YOU -- Snail navigates a door mat.