Found in the warm waters in the tropics, these beautiful creatures instantly recognizable for their highly prized brown and white marbled shells.

Cone Snail can be seen in shallow depths closer to shore, near coral reefs and rock formations, and beneath sandy shoals.

They have 4- to 6-inch-long gastropods

Their concealed, harpoon-like “teeth” contain a complex venom known as a conotoxin, making them one of the most venomous species of snails.

Attacks on humans usually occur when a cone snail is either stepped on in the ocean or picked up from the water or the beach.

Only a handful of people were ever stung, but, quite unfortunately, there is no antivenom.

The toxin stops nerve cells from communicating with one another; so the creature not only causes paralysis within moments, but, per its nickname of “cigarette snail,” affords you about enough time to smoke a stick before you die.

Titilayo Kupoliyi

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