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12 of the most interesting snails in the world

By: Bryan Nelson on July 10, 2014, 9:20 a.m.
Geographic cone snail

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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. The geographic cone snail's venom, a complex concoction of hundreds of toxins, is fired via a harpoon-like tooth propelled from an extendable proboscis. Although this snail travels leisurely, as most snails do, it nevertheless has one of the fastest "draws" in the animal kingdom, capable of firing its venomous harpoon at speeds as fast as 400 mph.