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…
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.
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.
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.
Researchers at Chuo University's Nakamura Lab are experimenting with Toro II, a robot that emulates the wave-like movements of gastropods. When moving, this omnidirectional robot keeps every segment of its body on the ground, affording it enhanced stability.
You've already marveled at Fantastic Planet, the demented 1973 French film about giant blue people holding tiny humans hostage. But have you seen Les Escargots, the 1965 giant snail movie by the same creator?
The marine cone nail Conus victoriae is venomous to its prey (and humans), but Australian researchers have isolated a non-addictive, pain-relieving chemical from its saliva. This cyclized peptide, known as α-conotoxin cVc1.1, can be ingested orally in pill form.
There is a kind of soft, toxic snail that lives in the sea called a Nudibranch. The many kinds of Nudibranch all have intense coloration and weird shapes — so weird, in fact, that National Geographic just devoted an entire gallery to the strange creatures. See below for more multicolored, deep-sea weirdness worthy of…