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.
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 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.
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