Crikey, a snail for Steve
SYDNEY: An Australian scientist has paid an unusual tribute to late conservation star Steve Irwin by naming a rare species of snail “crikey steveirwini”.
Queensland Museum scientist John Stanisic said khaki colours on the stripy tree snail reminded him of the trademark shirt and shorts worn by Irwin, who died in a freak incident in 2006.
“This is an extremely rare species of snail,” Stanisic said on Friday, describing it as “a colourful snail, with swirling bands of creamy yellow, orangebrown and chocolate giving the shell an overall khaki appearance”.
“Crocodile Hunter” Irwin, known for his “Crikey!” catchphrase, has already had a wildlife reserve, a turtle and an anti-whaling ship named after him. – Sapa-AP