The Rosy Wolf Snail (Euglandina rosea) is common to the Southeastern United States. It is one of several predaceous species of land snail, and actively hunts and eats smaller snails. In doing so, it acts as a natural pesticide for harmful species.
The Wolf Snail shows God’s genius through its methods of hunting and eating:
– It is outfitted with two special feelers called Oral Lappets. These act as chemical receptors, and can pick up the slime trails of other snails. The Wolf Snail follows these trails to find its prey.
– It can move several times faster than other snails, catching up with its prey in a matter of minutes.
– The neck is elongated to act like a vice; it wraps around the prey snail’s shell to hold it in place.
– The Wolf Snail is equipped with a long esophageal tube which is perfectly suited for sliding into the shell of a prey snail to reach the animal inside.
– The radular teeth of the Wolf Snail are shaped like daggers for penetrating slime and snagging snail flesh.
– If a shell is too small to insert the mouthparts into, the Wolf Snail can swallow it whole. It digests the calcium and uses it to build its own shell.
Learn more about Euglandina rosea at www.molluskman.com
Watch the video below to see a Rosy Wolf Snail on the hunt!
Rosy Wolfsnail on the Hunt
The Striped Bark Scorpion (Centruroides vittatus) is a very common arachnid that is found across the Southwestern United States. Those of you who live in Austin, San Antonio, and other areas where the environment is prairie or desert-like will probably recognize this animal.
The venom of the Bark Scorpion is a complex mixture of more than 100 neurotoxins which paralyze its prey. One of these toxins is 1,000 times more deadly than cyanide. The sting of this animal is extremely painful, but usually not fatal. However, there are a few rare cases where humans have died from anaphylactic shock triggered by the scorpion’s powerful venom.
This butterfly displays one of the best examples of camouflage known to science, and one of the most obvious examples of Divine design. It is perfectly designed to mimic an unappetizing dead leaf, from the tatters in the brown wings to the way it sways in the breeze. If it weren’t for the thin legs and antennae, this animal would be impossible to spot among the leaves of the forest. Not only is this insect almost invisible to predators, but also gifted with great speed and agility. If disturbed, it can fly away at speeds over 20 miles per hour into the trees. God gave the Leaf-Mimic Butterfly this wide range of concealing and evasive designs so it can pollinate the tropical plant life in relative peace and safety.
This rare frog (Dermatonotus muelleri), found mainly in the Pantanal region of Brazil, has excellent camouflage and defensive poison glands. If disturbed, it secretes a milky substance from its skin that burns the eyes, mouth, and skin of its attacker. Even though the frog’s skin is extremely sensitive, it is not affected by its own dermatologically irritating poison.
“How countless are your works, Lord!
In wisdom you have made them all;
the earth is full of Your creatures.”