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What do you know about Cone Snails?

Postby Caronis Tarrenarm » October 17th, 2017, 6:27 am

Hands up who's heard of a small venomous mollusc called the Cone Snail?
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Re: What do you know about Cone Snails?

Postby Rosaline55 » October 18th, 2017, 6:55 am

Actually this is the first time I heard of cone snails and surfed through Wikipedia to get some more info.They contain deadly stings with them. Weird,isn't it?
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Re: What do you know about Cone Snails?

Postby Caronis Tarrenarm » October 19th, 2017, 1:29 am

You wouldn't think such a small animal would have venom powerful enough to kill a person, would you? In the mid-1930s, a young man visiting Queensland's Hayman Island picked up a live Geography Cone. Stung on the hand, he felt no pain and the only evidence was a small puncture mark on his palm. He was dead five hours later.

I have a collection of six Cone Snail shells. When I was a kid, I went on holiday with my family to a place called Phillip Island. Like many other tourists, we bought souvenirs from gift shops. In one particular shop, I found a basket of shells. As I was looking through it, I saw two shells I recognised from a documentary on dangerous Australian animals. The shells belonged to the Marbled Cone and the Cloth of Gold Cone. I continued looking through the basket and found another two Cone Snail shells. In early 2015, we went to Bali, and I bought two Cone Snail shells from a stall near the hotel (after arguing with the stall-keeper over how much we were willing to pay). I eventually got round to photographing my collection and sent the photo, via email, to the Queensland Museum, asking them to identify the shells and voicing my suspicions that one of them might belong to the highly venomous Geography Cone. After a few weeks, I got a reply. The shells I bought in Bali belonged to the Leopard Cone and the Vexillum Cone whilst the smallest in my collection belonged to the Imperial Cone. The museum also confirmed the other unidentified shell is indeed a Geography Cone.
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Re: What do you know about Cone Snails?

Postby Rosaline55 » October 20th, 2017, 12:51 am

Hmm, very interesting.Do you still have the shells Caronis? Maybe you could post a picture of them so that I can identify a Cone shell if I see one!! Anyway I would love to see your collection .
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Re: What do you know about Cone Snails?

Postby Caronis Tarrenarm » October 20th, 2017, 3:36 am

Yes, I still have the shells, but I'm not sure if I would need to have a Photobucket account to be able to post photos.
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Re: What do you know about Cone Snails?

Postby Rosaline55 » October 20th, 2017, 1:26 pm

Uhmm, Could you (very silly idea though ) use the pic of your collection as a profile pic for a day or two so that the next time I get online , I would be able to see it?
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Re: What do you know about Cone Snails?

Postby Pamela Bode » October 20th, 2017, 10:10 pm

Well, the name rings a bell but now reading this page reminds me of them. Its really fascinating to hear you've got 6 of their shells. I don't think you need a photobucket account to post a picture, Caronis but I'm not sure as I've never posted one. Read your topic about How To Post A Picture or something like that, and I guess you'll soon get a reply to it. But I guess even Rosaline55 will be able to help because Rosaline posted a picture in the Gryff common room.
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Re: What do you know about Cone Snails?

Postby Caronis Tarrenarm » October 20th, 2017, 11:26 pm

Tried to upload a photo to use as my avatar picture but the file sizes are all too big.
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Re: What do you know about Cone Snails?

Postby Pamela Bode » October 21st, 2017, 2:16 am

Caronis Tarrenarm wrote:Tried to upload a photo to use as my avatar picture but the file sizes are all too big.

You can crop it, Caronis
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Re: What do you know about Cone Snails?

Postby Caronis Tarrenarm » October 21st, 2017, 3:59 am

Hooray, it worked! My avatar picture now shows my cone snail shell collection. Unfortunately, because I've had to shrink it, you can't see how beautifully-patterned the shells are. Is there any way I can insert a larger photo onto this thread so the shells can be seen in more detail?
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