Geographic Cone Snail

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New Aussie Snail Named After David Attenborough
Australian Museum has honoured the naturalist with a Lifetime Patron award and the name of a new Tasmanian snail genus.
About Geographic Cone Snail

The incredibly toxic venom of the geographic cone snail has to be strong enough to paralyse instantly. Otherwise, the fish it preys on would swim away to die, and the slow-moving gastropod would have nothing for its efforts.

Indigenous to the reefs of the Indo-Pacific, geographic cones grow to about 6 inches (15 centimetres) in length and have intricately patterned brown-and-white shells highly prized by shell collectors.

Type: Invertebrate

Diet: Carnivore

Size: 4 to 6 in (10 to 15 cm)

Did you know? The geographic cone is nicknamed the "cigarette snail," a humorous exaggeration meaning a person stung by one would have enough time to smoke a cigarette before dying.


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