This is quite a strange idea: turning snail shells into art, while their viscous owners still live in there. I have been somewhat puzzled when discovering these images, wondering if it did not bother the snails in any way. But, being devoid of the ability to speak, they would not be the ones to complain. Certain people believe that this is rather beneficial for them because with these decorations, they are more visible and therefore less at risk of getting crushed accidentally. But if they are more recognizable to us, are they also to predators? That might be the case, but animals generally tend to avoid colorful preys. Colors are often a warning of potential hazards or a sign that the animal is toxic. However, you can be sure that Stefan Siverud, the artist responsible for this fun project, has used non-toxic paint which is harmless to the animals.