Forgetful snails could tell us about how our memories work

Snails, like all animals, need to remember. They need to remember what is good or bad to eat, what might be trying to eat them, and who they recently mated with. All of these things can prove extremely important in the fight to survive and reproduce; and understanding how a snail forgets such things can teach us about » 12/19/13 7:40am 12/19/13 7:40am

Do these male snails have the worst parenting arrangement ever?

Male members of the marine snail species Solenosteira macrospira have it tough. Not only do they take on childcare duties, they also have to care for the offspring produced by other dads. To make matters worse, baby snails cannibalize their siblings while they're still embryos, a behavior the dads are helpless to… » 8/29/12 10:30am 8/29/12 10:30am

The Savage Colors of Naked, Toxic Sea Snails

There is a kind of soft, toxic snail that lives in the sea called a Nudibranch. The many kinds of Nudibranch all have intense coloration and weird shapes — so weird, in fact, that National Geographic just devoted an entire gallery to the strange creatures. See below for more multicolored, deep-sea weirdness worthy of… » 5/15/08 7:00am 5/15/08 7:00am