Brilliant, brilliant. I've been following along with Circus of the Spineless, a traveling blog circus all about slimy spineless creatures of all kinds, and I've learned that you can in fact preserve snails in alcohol. It even preserves their DNA.
Somehow I thought the snail would simply melt in alcohol, the way it would if you poured salt on it. But no. They are pickled, put in jars, and stored in museums so generations to come can study them.
What a world we live in.
SNAIL'S TALES: Gastropods for posterity