480 million years ago, a slug-like ancestor of modern snails and clams had hundreds of tiny teeth, a body covered in prickly spines, and a built-in helmet. Called Calvapilosa, it’s one of the earliest—and weirdest—mollusks ever discovered.
Cone snails employ a fast-acting venom to paralyze their prey. But what is bad news for fish is good news for diabetics. New research suggests the “weaponized insulin” produced by these sea critters is far more efficient than conventional medicines used to treat high blood sugar.
You’re looking at the smallest snail ever discovered. Measuring just 0.86mm in height, ten of these extreme “microsnails” could fit within the eye of a single needle, though it’s not immediately obvious why they evolved to be so small. Called Angustopila dominikae, the new species of snail was discovered in China’s…
The GIF, which was found on Reddit, is sped up to reveal the mechanics behind how a snail slimes and glides and smooths its way over a surface. The body roll looks like a conveyor belt and is both gross and a weird sort of beautiful. Cool party trick.
This collaborative animated film tells the story of two snails in love tragically separated by a very busy highway—and a daredevil frog that risks his life jumping from one speeding car to another.
Punk's not dead: Scientists have named a particularly spiky-looking snail after late Clash rocker (and environmentalist) Joe Strummer. Alviniconcha strummeri "lives in clusters around deep-sea hydrothermal vents" and its shell "is a myriad of colors due to chemicals found around the vents, and sometimes features…
Snails, like all animals, need to remember. They need to remember what is good or bad to eat, what might be trying to eat them, and who they recently mated with. All of these things can prove extremely important in the fight to survive and reproduce; and understanding how a snail forgets such things can teach us about …
What better way to relax than by placing giant snails across your brow so they can slime and crap all over your face. For beauty!
When garden snails (Helix aspersa) eat colored paper, they poop colored feces, which designer Lieske Schreuder is hoping to use as the material for colorful tiles.
Scientists working in the Lukina Jama–Trojama cave in Croatia — one of the 20 deepest cave systems in the world — have unearthed a completely new species of snail that's adorned with a beautifully shaped, dome-like translucent shell.
A group of researchers from the ecology department at the U.K.'s University of Exeter have been spending time studying how snails transmit a parasite called lungworm to dogs in Great Britain. Ah, my god, how boring. But they made something beautiful out of the project when they attached LEDs to the slow-moving slugs…
Yeah, so giant African land snails are infesting southern Florida. They're the kind that can eat through plaster and stucco and they get as big as rats. When the rainy season ends in a few weeks the population will explode. It's a bad situation.
Male members of the marine snail species Solenosteira macrospira have it tough. Not only do they take on childcare duties, they also have to care for the offspring produced by other dads. To make matters worse, baby snails cannibalize their siblings while they're still embryos, a behavior the dads are helpless to…
The Oblong Rocksnail hasn't been collected in more than 75 years, and in 2000 was declared extinct thanks to habitat loss. Surprisingly, the snail has been rediscovered, but is still under severe threat.
In The Matrix, the Machines farm humans for energy. Today, we do the exact same thing with tiny critters like cockroaches.
The idea of using insects and other small creatures as data-gathering devices has always been hampered by the need for short-lived external batteries. But what if you used the animal's own metabolism to continuously power their sensors?
Unlike the world's biggest bugs, these Partula snails are so small they look like little ants wearing a Halloween snail costume. And even though I usually hate bugs, when you miniaturize them, they look kind of cute!
Researchers at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston have proved that brains are better at learning at certain periods than others, thanks to analyzing the brains of sea snails.
For years, scientists have marveled at the seafaring abilities of snails like Janthina janthina (pictured above), which produce a biological bubble-wrap that enables them to float just below the water's surface in oceans around the world.