Cone Sea Snail Facts
- The Cone Sea Snail serves as the collective name of any of the more than species of predatory sea snails. Also, many remain brightly colored, and most occur in tropical ocean waters.
- All species of Cone Snail possess venom, although most remain no more painful or dangerous than the sting of a bee. However, some of the larger species can be serious, or even fatal.
- The venom of the Cone Sea Snail lies within a dart-like tooth. This special tooth can be extended some distance outside of its mouth.
Cone Sea Snail Physical Description
Given the great number of different species of the beautiful Cone Sea Snail, physical attributes vary widely. This includes variations in size, though all retain the distinguishing cone-shape. The largest types often attain a shell length of up to 9.1 in (23 cm).
A small spire typically tops the shell. In addition, the opening develops narrow and rather elongated. The outer lip of the shell usually develops thin and sharp, and the anterior end commonly remains the narrowest. The shell typically presents many whorls and patterns.
Most varieties possess a harpoon-like tooth, that can be extended beyond the mouth. This contains a powerful toxin used in hunting. Most remain harmless to humans, yet a few can be rather dangerous.
Cone Sea Snail, Distribution, Habitat, and Behavior
The Cone Snail is also predatory in nature. They remain entirely carnivorous, feeding mainly on marine worms, small fish, mollusks, and even other Cone Snails.
Most are slow-moving creatures and rely upon venom in hunting.