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Snail-explorer by Vyacheslav Mishchenko

 

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.

Foward, my trusty steed.

Foward, my trusty steed.

Proud Snail - Photography by Magdalena

Proud Snail - Photography by Magdalena

The Snail Trail

The Snail Trail

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.

Snail in the Magic Garden - by Magdalena Wasiczek from Trzebinia, Poland

Snail in the Magic Garden - by Magdalena Wasiczek from Trzebinia, Poland

This snail may look like he is walking on water, but the surface tension of the puddle is just strong enough to support his weight
Picture: Vadim Trunov / Barcroft Media

This snail may look like he is walking on water, but the surface tension of the puddle is just strong enough to support his weight

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

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

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Escargot

Escargot

Golden Snail

Golden Snail

relative of the snail , gastropod nudibranchs glaucus

relative of the snail , gastropod nudibranchs glaucus

Giant Albino Snail
Given their propensity for a less-than-speedy gait, it’s no wonder snails evolved to blend in with their surroundings — but for one snail in particular, genetics had other things in mind. Recently, while exploring the undergrowth in New Zealand’s Kahurangi National Park, a group of hikers made an extraordinary discovery: a giant, albino Powelliphanta snail seeming to cope quite well with its bright-white appearance. The find is so rare, in fact, that even snail experts say this is only the second time they’ve ever seen anything like it.

Giant Albino Snail

Given their propensity for a less-than-speedy gait, it’s no wonder snails evolved to blend in with their surroundings — but for one snail in particular, genetics had other things in mind. Recently, while exploring the undergrowth in New Zealand’s Kahurangi National Park, a group of hikers made an extraordinary discovery: a giant, albino Powelliphanta snail seeming to cope quite well with its bright-white appearance. The find is so rare, in fact, that even snail experts say this is only the second time they’ve ever seen anything like it.