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Thailand's snails are fast movers in cosmetics industry

Slimy, nutrient-rich mucus is gathered on farms and does wonders for the skin

Thailand is home to over 600 kinds of snail, many of which can also be found in neighboring countries. (Photo by Marimi Kishimoto)

BANGKOK -- Snails have become fast movers in the Thai beauty business, and are being raised on farms to harvest the slimy, nutrient-rich mucus on which they travel for use in cosmetics, medicines, and other skin products.

At one farm an hour outside Bangkok, 8,000 snails pass the time doing as they please in a jungle surrounding a pond in an area of about 16,000 sq. meters. The farm belongs to Siam Snail, a new type of Thai skincare company.

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