Cone Snails

Cone Snails, Admiral Cone, Geography Cone, Orbign's Cone internet

The Admiral, Geography and Orbigny’s Cone Snails are all beautiful–but deadly!  Their venom, the conotoxin is heavily researched by biochemists seeking medicines to treat a variety of human neurological disorders like Parkinsons, alzheimers, and epilepsy.  Cone snails are taken and sold in vast numbers to research labs around the world.  There are more than 800 species of poisonous cone snails. They are lovely and colorful, but do not pick them up.  Their sting can be fatal.  For more information about this painting, click here.

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