The Strange and Wonderful World of the 'Snail Wrangler'

As part of National Geographic's Short Film Showcase

Meet Marla Coppolino—illustrator, photographer, and snail wrangler. Formally known as a malacologist (one who studies mollusks), Coppolino is on a mission to enlighten the world about the plight of the lowly land snail. Her unconventional methods include staging and photographing her pet snails in elaborate miniature scenes using doll house furniture. In Life at a Snail's Pace by Alexandra Gaulupeau, slow down and explore the delightful world of "The Snail Wrangler" as she shares her unusual passion.

Follow Golden Snail Films on Vimeo and follow the film on Facebook. Music by David Denyer.

The Short Film Showcase spotlights exceptional short videos created by filmmakers from around the world and selected by National Geographic editors. We look for work that affirms National Geographic's belief in the power of science, exploration, and storytelling to change the world. To submit a film for consideration, please email The filmmakers created the content presented, and the opinions expressed are their own, not those of National Geographic Partners.

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