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2008-08-08 12:00:24

U.S. scientists say the New Zealand mud snail, long a problem in western states, has spread across four U.S. Great Lakes and is altering the lakes' ecology. Pennsylvania State University scientists said the tiny snails out-compete native snails and insects but aren't good fish food replacements for the native species. "These snails have an operculum, a door that closes the shell," said Associate Professor Edward Levri at the university's Altoona, Pa., campus. "They can be out of the water...

2008-07-15 03:00:21

Rare Everglade snail kite nests found in Florida's Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge, conservationists said. The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service said they are the first snail kite nests found in the area in a decade, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported Monday. The rare raptor has been on the federal endangered species list for 40 years. There estimated to be 700 to 800 snail kites in Florida, down from 1,200 last year. Biologists said 12 adult snail kites and four nests were...

2007-05-06 18:00:00

By CHARLIE DIMMOCK WHEN I worked in a water garden centre, customers were forever asking me: 'I've got this creature in my pond what is it?' Well, lots of things live in ponds, I had to tell them. I've found many weird and wonderful creatures in ponds over the years, including believe it or not an eel. They can travel quite a long way over land between one stretch of water and another. In one customer's pond, I came across a couple of stone loaches, which are river fish, so how they got...

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2006-12-04 14:25:00

A new study from The American Naturalist studies some very fast snails and their success at long-distance colonization. Introduced into the rivers of the Martinique islands less than twelve years ago, the freshwater snails have already colonized the watersheds, an astounding feat considering that the snails need to rely on passive dispersal by birds, cars, and cattle to jump over the dry land that separates the riverways. "Obviously, "says Benoît Facon (University of...

2006-08-23 07:51:23

SALT LAKE CITY -- Venom from an ocean snail may have benefits for people with addictions, depression and Parkinson's disease, University of Utah researchers reported Monday. They said they produced a synthetic version of the toxin that can block or stimulate receptors that release chemicals in the brain. "A snail is a treasure chest. They have tens of thousands of compounds," said J. Michael McIntosh, professor or biology and psychiatry. McIntosh, working with cone-snail researcher...

2006-08-21 02:38:01

BEIJING (Reuters) - Eating raw or half-raw snails has led to almost 40 people in Beijing coming down with meningitis, state media said on Monday, and the same species is being blamed for destroying a huge swath of rice crops. Around half of the victims had eaten a dish made with the Amazonian snails at a chain of Sichuan restaurants, the China Daily said. "The large, black snails are a hot-selling aquatic product in big Chinese cities like Beijing," Xinhua news agency said, adding...

2006-08-21 01:00:00

BEIJING -- Eating raw or half-raw snails has led to almost 40 people in Beijing coming down with a parasite causing a form of meningitis, a state newspaper reported on Monday. Around half of the victims had eaten a dish made with the Amazonian snails at a chain of Sichuan restaurants, the China Daily said. Beijing's health bureau has warned people to stay away from the popular snack, it added. China has been struggling to control a rise in the number of food-related health incidents. In 2004,...

2006-03-29 21:10:00

By Terry Wade CURITIBA, Brazil -- In the latest battle between big business and biodiversity, the fate of a unique small, brown snail that lives in a place called Happy Valley on the west coast of New Zealand hangs in the balance. The battle over the snail, believed to be a unique species which is threatened by extinction, has been holding up the mining of millions of dollars of coal in the region. "This is a classic dilemma between economic development and environmental conservation. These...

2006-01-25 13:01:27

LONDON (Reuters) - Land snails, not the quickest of creatures, managed to travel from Europe to remote islands in the South Atlantic by hitching rides on birds. Scientists had assumed that snails living on the Tristan da Cunha islands midway between South Africa and Brazil were a different species from those in Europe but researchers in the Netherlands and Britain have shown they belong to the same family. "Land snails, which we normally think of as being rather slow moving, can...

2006-01-25 13:00:00

LONDON -- Land snails, not the quickest of creatures, managed to travel from Europe to remote islands in the South Atlantic by hitching rides on birds. Scientists had assumed that snails living on the Tristan da Cunha islands midway between South Africa and Brazil were a different species from those in Europe but researchers in the Netherlands and Britain have shown they belong to the same family. "Land snails, which we normally think of as being rather slow moving, can actually disperse...


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Burgundy Snail, Helix pomatia
2013-10-14 09:35:00

The Burgundy Snail (Helix pomatia), known also as the Roman Snail, is an edible species of large, air-breathing land snail, a terrestrial pulmonate gastropod mollusk belonging to the family Helicidae. It’s a European species. It is called by the French name escargot when it is used in cooking. This species can be found in Germany, Austria, Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, southwestern Bulgaria, northern and central Balkans, Croatia, Slovenia, Bosnia and...

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