A snail’s mouth may be the size of a pin, but it can have up to 20,000 teeth depending on the species. More surprisingly, the strongest natural material in the world can be found in a species of marine snail’s teeth. Upon close study, limpets’ teeth were shown to be 5 times stronger than spider silk, withstanding extreme pressures that would turn carbon into diamond.
Snails need constant moisture to survive. When temperatures get fatally dry, they have to sleep in order to conserve mucus. Nap time for a snail can last from a few hours up to 3 years.
People first recognized snail serum’s value in skincare in the 1980s, when members of a family-owned snail farm noticed how handling snails made their skin clearer and softer. Since then, snail mucin has been valued for erasing wounds or other blemishes in many countries.
The paper industry typically uses snail shells as fillers to improve paper capacity. For cosmetics, crushed snail shells are used to manufacture face powder. Similarly, snail shells also serve as reinforcement materials for automotive connections.
Though snails may seem harmless, you’d have to think twice before you go near the Cone snail. This dangerous molusc draws in unsuspecting divers or animals with its colourful shell, releasing a venomous harpoon once its victim comes closer. This harpoon can cut through skin, gloves, or wetsuits. To date, cone snail stings have claimed 27 human casualties.
It would take 33.33 hours for a snail to go a mile.