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Conus marmoreus also the 'Marbled Cone'. This sea snail is venomous and its venom is highly potent, and one drop can kill more than 20 men. Has quite a repetitive pattern on shell

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Unique Animals: 10 Uniquely Deadly Animals in the World

Cone snail - Conus spp. Venomous, predatory snail, known as the cone snail. This unique snail hunts fish by extending its proboscis, shaped like a harpoon, to temp its prey. When fish come close enough, the snail strikes them with venom 1000 times stronger than morphine, causing paralyses. Cone snail venom is now used in a drug called Ziconotide to relieve chronic pain. In a single sting from one of these molluscs there is enough venom to kill 15 healthy adults.


Insulin-infused venom helps cone snails net prey. The most venomous animal on the planet isn’t a snake, a spider, or a scorpion; it’s a snail—a cone snail, to be precise.


Healing the Brain with Snail Venom | Why do neuroscientists care about cone snails? Cone snail venom contains neurotoxins that can target specific locations in the brain and spinal cord. For example, some species of cone snail possess a compound that can act on the same receptors as nicotine. These receptors, located on the surface of neurons, help to govern signaling in the brain.

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Unexpected Deadly Beauty

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.

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Cone Snail Venom: Medical Uses and Potential Benefits

Conus marmoreus, common name the "marbled cone", is a species of predatory sea snail, a marine gastropod mollusk in the family Conidae, the cone snails, cone shells or cones. It is the type species for the Conus genus. This is a species which is believed to feed mostly on marine molluscs including other cone snails. This snail is venomous, like all cone snails.

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12 of the most interesting snails in the world

Geographic cone snail This is one snail to handle with extreme care: It's the most venomous of all snails and one of the most venomous creatures on the planet.

How cone snail venom minimizes pain -