Many cone snails have beautiful colorful shells marked with vivid abstract patterns.  Some of the most valuable shells ever came from cone snails–which continue to fascinate conchologists and shell collectors.  Even today divers and beach combers are sometimes overwhelmed by the beauty of cone snails and reach out to grab the lovely creatures.  Hopefully this article has convinced you that doing so is a very bad idea.

Many cone snails have beautiful colorful shells marked with vivid abstract patterns. Some of the most valuable shells ever came from cone snails–which continue to fascinate conchologists and shell collectors. Even today divers and beach combers are sometimes overwhelmed by the beauty of cone snails and reach out to grab the lovely creatures. Hopefully this article has convinced you that doing so is a very bad idea.

Venom | The Cone Snail

Venom | The Cone Snail

Cone Snail Pictures - Kids Search

Cone Snail Pictures - Kids Search

Marbled Cone - Conus marmoreus.  Family Conidae.  This snail is venomous, like all cone snails. Its venom is highly potent, and one drop can kill more than 20 men.

Marbled Cone - Conus marmoreus. Family Conidae. This snail is venomous, like all cone snails. Its venom is highly potent, and one drop can kill more than 20 men.

Invertebrate Diversity: The Cone Snail (Conus) ((coolest snail in ...

Invertebrate Diversity: The Cone Snail (Conus) ((coolest snail in ...

Venomous cone snail catches a fish. So crazy!

Venomous cone snail catches a fish. So crazy!

The underwater version of a tank, this cone snail boasts an armored shell and enough venom to kill a human. Nearby fish don't stand a chance.   World's Weirdest : Killer Cone Snail on   NatGeoWild

The underwater version of a tank, this cone snail boasts an armored shell and enough venom to kill a human. Nearby fish don't stand a chance. World's Weirdest : Killer Cone Snail on NatGeoWild

Leopard cone snails are deadly beauties .. Cone snails are predatory animals, stinging their victims with a venomous harpoon-like tooth which can be hazardous to humans. Though cone snails primarily use their tooth to subdue prey, it can also be used defensively, stinging other animals, or humans, that get too close. Though all cone snails have venom glands, only a few species are dangerous enough to be fatal to humans.

Leopard cone snails are deadly beauties .. Cone snails are predatory animals, stinging their victims with a venomous harpoon-like tooth which can be hazardous to humans. Though cone snails primarily use their tooth to subdue prey, it can also be used defensively, stinging other animals, or humans, that get too close. Though all cone snails have venom glands, only a few species are dangerous enough to be fatal to humans.

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