The Snail Wrangler℠ is Marla Coppolino, a land snail scientist, formally known as a malacologist (one who studies mollusks). The Snail Wrangler℠ has a unique combination of experience as not only a snail scientist, but also as an artist, illustrator, photographer, and performer.

Brief bio mlc_snails_w-credits:

  • BS Biological Sciences, University of Georgia
  • MS Zoology, Southern Illinois University
  • Biological Illustrator and fine artist since 1992
  • Former collections manager of mollusks at American Museum of Natural History
  • Former assistant manager Evolution, SOHO, NYC – a fun and famed science shop
  • Research Associate, Paleontological Research Institution, Ithaca, NY
  • Research Associate, Delaware Museum of Natural History, Wilmington, DE


  • American Malacological Society
  • Unitas Malacologia
  • Guild of Natural Science Illustrators
  • Natural History Network

Meet the snails!

The land snails currently used for photography and film are the brown-lipped snail. Their scientific name is Cepaea nemoralis. This species comes in several solid colors and also striped. It is a very active and lively snail.


Image from Mindful Snails 2018 Wall Calendar