A Killer Snail

The geographic cone snail shown here is the most venomous of the 500 known species of cone snails. (Photo credit: Jeff Rotman / Alamy)

The cone snail is one of the slowest-moving carnivorous snails. But what it lacks in speed, it makes up for in potency of venom. In fact, a sting from the geographic cone snail, for which no antivenin exists, has resulted in several human deaths. For the most part, however, cone snails reserve their stings for victims that they can actually eat, such as mollusks, worms, or fish. [Read more…]