A recent research uncovers that fish eating snails use insulin to daze their prey.
Generally, snails are considered as slow moving specie. Hence, it is a bit difficult task for snail to fight with its prey. It seems like the specie is trying to overcome its weakness with the help of its body glands.
The study reveals that snail kill fish with the help of a toxic cloud which is filled with insulin. The toxic immediately attacks the immune system of the prey. It drops the sugar level of the fish within seconds.
Baldomero M. Olivera, a professor of biology at the University of Utah discussed the nature of insulin. He says that the snail make use of an unusual kind of insulin. The insulin is smaller as compared to the insulin present in the rest of the animals. It is discovered in a large quantity from the venom.
As soon as the fish goes in sugar coma, the snail hit it with false mouth in order to divert the attention of its prey. The false mouth shows that snail is throwing a cape on its prey. Afterwards, the snail again injects a set of toxins in the fish in order to make certain that it is completely dead.
Christopher Meyer, a cone snail specialist at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History informs that it appears as if the fish is completely narced
A group of researchers closely analyzed the genome of the snail to get information regarding its defense mechanism. They examine the entire gene sequence of all the protein found in the venom gland of sonus geographus.
The report is published in the latest edition of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.