Cone Snail has a deadly neuro toxin.. go to website to read all about it....

Unique Animals: 10 Uniquely Deadly Animals in the World

Cone Snail has a deadly neuro toxin.. go to website to read all about it....

The Geographic Cone Snail (Conus geographus) shows its siphon and proboscis. This snail is also humorously called “the cigarette snail” since if one stings you, you allegedly have time for one cigarette before dying.

The Geographic Cone Snail (Conus geographus) shows its siphon and proboscis. This snail is also humorously called “the cigarette snail” since if one stings you, you allegedly have time for one cigarette before dying.

Marbled Cone - Conus marmoreus. Family Conidae. This snail is venomous, like all cone snails. Its venom is highly potent, and one drop can kill more than 20 men.

Marbled Cone - Conus marmoreus. Family Conidae. This snail is venomous, like all cone snails. Its venom is highly potent, and one drop can kill more than 20 men.

Conus species eating a small fish, in Guam

Conus species eating a small fish, in Guam

Cone Snails - highly dangerous when alive yet beautiful

Cone Snails - highly dangerous when alive yet beautiful

Hawaiian Cone Snail Shells with Aqua & Clear by LindseysBeachGlass

Hawaiian Cone Snail Shells with Aqua & Clear by LindseysBeachGlass

Cone snails are beautiful but can be deadly. All are venomous and capable of stinging humans even thru gloves and wetsuits. Live ones should be handled with great care or preferably not at all. They use a hypodermic needle-like modified radula tooth and venom gland to attack and paralyze their prey before engulfing it. The tooth is sometimes likened to a dart or harpoon. It is barbed, and can be extended some distance out.

Cone snails are beautiful but can be deadly. All are venomous and capable of stinging humans even thru gloves and wetsuits. Live ones should be handled with great care or preferably not at all. They use a hypodermic needle-like modified radula tooth and venom gland to attack and paralyze their prey before engulfing it. The tooth is sometimes likened to a dart or harpoon. It is barbed, and can be extended some distance out.

While considered a delicacy in some parts of the world, snails have found a more intriguing use to scientists and the medical profession offering a plethora of research possibilities. Cone snails are marine mollusks, just as conch, octopi and squid, but they capture their prey using venom. The venom of these marine critters provides leads for detection and possible treatment of some cancers and addictions.

Cone snail venom holds promise for medical treatments for cancer, addiction

While considered a delicacy in some parts of the world, snails have found a more intriguing use to scientists and the medical profession offering a plethora of research possibilities. Cone snails are marine mollusks, just as conch, octopi and squid, but they capture their prey using venom. The venom of these marine critters provides leads for detection and possible treatment of some cancers and addictions.

Cone Snail Pain Killers Could be 100 Times As Effective As Morphine

Cone Snail Pain Killers Could be 100 Times As Effective As Morphine

A tiny protein found in cone snail venom could provide the foundation for a new class of drugs to treat chronic nerve pain, according to scientists.

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