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Have you con­sid­ered a pet snail?

New York Magazine - - FEA­TURES - By Hi­lary Reid

➸ for those who think walk­ing a dog is drudgery and keep­ing a cat is a chore, a smaller, if slim­ier, com­pan­ion has slid onto the scene: the hum­ble snail. Over the past few months, it seems that one man’s pest has be­come an­other man’s … pet. Mol­lusks are sud­denly ev­ery­where: pop­ping up on the pop­u­lar In­sta­gram feed @aleia, where a snail named Velveeta can be seen paint­ing at an easel in a stu­dio; help­ing ad­ver­tise jew­elry de­signer So­phie Buhai’s spring-sum­mer 2021 col­lec­tion; and in the homes of peo­ple like Yoko Koide, a butcher at Marlow & Daugh­ters, and the artist Chloe Wise.

This snail boom is bizarre but not al­to­gether il­log­i­cal: Snails don’t ask much of you (care-wise, they’re only one step up from a fid­dle-leaf fig), and the fact that they spend their lives curled up in a shell means they’re a liv­ing, walk­ing (al­beit very slowly) metaphor for th­ese times—one that hap­pens to be in­cred­i­bly easy to pho­to­graph and will look pleas­antly weird (which is, in­ci­den­tally, 2020’s re­sound­ing aes­thetic) next to your Mu­rano mush­room lamp. It’s taken a char­ac­ter­is­ti­cally long time for snails to break into the main­stream as pets, but here they are.

Pho­to­graph by Aleia Mu­rawski and Sam Copeland

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