By Crystal Chung @crystalkchung
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The series of stunningly shot close-up images by Lee Hua Ming, 35, show the moment a snail tries to climb a branch and comes face to face with an Earless Lizard resting and moulting there.
With nowhere to go and with no space for a u-turn, the snail had no choice but to keep moving forward.
In one image it even appears as if the snail is leaning in to give the Earless Lizard a kiss on the head, other images continue their unlikely love story as the snail then moves on very quickly from their short-term romance.
Snapped on December 24 last year, technician Lee first came across the odd pair in front of his house in Kota Bharu in Malaysia.
He said: “I was lucky to capture the pictures right in front of my house, where there are often a lot of lizards, snails and other insects around.
“There are a lot of local food trees and flowers in my area and on a sunny day lizards lay out on the branches either waiting for food or just to sunbathe.
“I saw a snail attempting to climb a branch and meeting a lizard which was moulting at the time.
"There was no point for the snail to turn around so it had to keep moving onwards - on top of the lizard. I am glad I managed to capture the the whole thing until the snail came to the end of the ‘crossing’.”