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The scaly foot gastropod is probably the worst snail name ever invented. Especially for one of the most incredible organisms on the planet. How many creatures can you name that have an iron shell? None. No creature can grow a metal sheath around itself—except Scaly G. Living nearly 2,400 meters (8,000 ft) below the ocean’s surface, near hydrothermal vents, the scaly foot gastropod incorporates the heavy metals floating in its habitat into its shell.

The scaly foot gastropod is probably the worst snail name ever invented. Especially for one of the most incredible organisms on the planet. How many creatures can you name that have an iron shell? None. No creature can grow a metal sheath around itself—except Scaly G. Living nearly 2,400 meters (8,000 ft) below the ocean’s surface, near hydrothermal vents, the scaly foot gastropod incorporates the heavy metals floating in its habitat into its shell.

More of the Magic Garden - macro photographs by Magdalena Wasiczek from Trzebinia, Poland.
HH:  These tiny worlds exist right out your front door - don’t overlook the small miracles of nature.

More of the Magic Garden - macro photographs by Magdalena Wasiczek from Trzebinia, Poland.

HH:  These tiny worlds exist right out your front door - don’t overlook the small miracles of nature.

A snail shelters from the rain while a grasshopper braves the elements. Vadim Trunov photographed snails and insects in his back garden during a rainy day in the Voronezh region of Russia.
Picture: Vadim Trunov / Barcroft Media

A snail shelters from the rain while a grasshopper braves the elements. Vadim Trunov photographed snails and insects in his back garden during a rainy day in the Voronezh region of Russia.

Picture: Vadim Trunov / Barcroft Media