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Thai snails kept 'happy' and healthy for their cosmetic slime

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By Juarawee KittisilpaBANGKOK (Reuters) - Giant African snails endemic to Thailand are getting the red carpet treatment to keep them producing top-notch slime, say farmers harvesting the mucus for use in cosmetics.At a farm in Nakhon Nayok province, a two-hour drive north-east of Bangkok, Tawatchai Maneemart tends to some 3,000 snails.He lets them roam freely in a 21-square-metre (226 sq ft) enclosure that mimics their natural habitat, and feeds them with organic cucumbers and green leafy vegetables.These snails, about three inches long, are bred by farmers for their mucus, made popular in ...

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First Published: Fri, May 18 2018. 22:46 IST