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13

Jul

12 of the most interesting snails in the world

10

Jul

Snails just don’t get enough credit. Although it’s true that they’re typically slow-moving, they’re far from boring. There are snails that glow, armored snails, snails with lavish shells, transparent snails; there are even snails that could kill you.The most interesting snails in the world

Snails just don’t get enough credit. Although it’s true that they’re typically slow-moving, they’re far from boring. There are snails that glow, armored snails, snails with lavish shells, transparent snails; there are even snails that could kill you.
The most interesting snails in the world

26

Mar

Newly discovered beautiful snail species on the brink of extinctionThe snails live only on a few rare limestone hills in Southeast Asia, and these hills are under threat from cement companies.

Newly discovered beautiful snail species on the brink of extinction
The snails live only on a few rare limestone hills in Southeast Asia, and these hills are under threat from cement companies.

15

Jul

Snail facials? Latest spa fad leaves slimy, moisturizing trails

15

Apr

Giant, slimy, hungry African land snails are invading Florida
The rat-sized snails eat everything in their path and even carry diseases that can infect humans.

Giant, slimy, hungry African land snails are invading Florida

The rat-sized snails eat everything in their path and even carry diseases that can infect humans.

10

Dec

jtotheizzoe:

Conus sea snail shell evolution, another gem from Wired’s Best Scientific Figures of 2012. There’s some real artistic gems hidden in research papers.

jtotheizzoe:

Conus sea snail shell evolution, another gem from Wired’s Best Scientific Figures of 2012. There’s some real artistic gems hidden in research papers.

14

Mar

Cyborg snails may soon be joining the militarySnails implanted with biofuel cells produce enough electricity to power small circuits, and may one day provide reconnaissance for the military.

Cyborg snails may soon be joining the military
Snails implanted with biofuel cells produce enough electricity to power small circuits, and may one day provide reconnaissance for the military.

28

Feb

Ready, set, slow! Snail racing involves racing two or more land snails, typically on a circular track with a radius of 13-14 inches. Racing numbers are either painted on the snails’ shells or small stickers are attached to them to distinguish each competitor. Many snail-racing events take place worldwide each year, but the annual World Snail Racing Championships in the U.K. is the most popular.14 wacky animal sports

Ready, set, slow! Snail racing involves racing two or more land snails, typically on a circular track with a radius of 13-14 inches. Racing numbers are either painted on the snails’ shells or small stickers are attached to them to distinguish each competitor. Many snail-racing events take place worldwide each year, but the annual World Snail Racing Championships in the U.K. is the most popular.
14 wacky animal sports

10

Feb

Miami battles giant African snail invasionThe invasion has southern Florida in a panic over potential crop damage, disease and general yuckiness surrounding the slimy gastropods.

Miami battles giant African snail invasion
The invasion has southern Florida in a panic over potential crop damage, disease and general yuckiness surrounding the slimy gastropods.

11

Oct

cwnl:

Janthina janthina
Or more commonly known as a bubble-rafting violet snail (The purple snail). This occasional upside-down swimmer is a snail that excretes mucus from its foot and uses the raft of bubbles to float from place to place.
Snails that get around on rafts of mucous-y bubbles inherited the talent from ancestors that carried their eggs around like balloons on a string, a new study finds. In the process, the slimy snails transformed themselves from ocean-floor dwellers to free-moving floaters.
The mucous-y snails have been known since the 1600s, but this is the first time that researchers have been able to trace the origin of their snotty ways. Researchers led by University of Michigan graduate student Celia Churchill suspected two possibilities: The first was that the rafts are an advanced version of a snail-moving technique called “droguing.” Young marine snails produce a thread of mucus, or drogue, that helps them drift around like a kite on a string in the water. Another possibility was that the rafts were modified versions of egg masses.

cwnl:

Janthina janthina

Or more commonly known as a bubble-rafting violet snail (The purple snail). This occasional upside-down swimmer is a snail that excretes mucus from its foot and uses the raft of bubbles to float from place to place.

Snails that get around on rafts of mucous-y bubbles inherited the talent from ancestors that carried their eggs around like balloons on a string, a new study finds. In the process, the slimy snails transformed themselves from ocean-floor dwellers to free-moving floaters.

The mucous-y snails have been known since the 1600s, but this is the first time that researchers have been able to trace the origin of their snotty ways. Researchers led by University of Michigan graduate student Celia Churchill suspected two possibilities: The first was that the rafts are an advanced version of a snail-moving technique called “droguing.” Young marine snails produce a thread of mucus, or drogue, that helps them drift around like a kite on a string in the water. Another possibility was that the rafts were modified versions of egg masses.