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Artifact of the Week
Artifact of the Week
Posted on 01/24/2022

What kind of creature lived in this shell?

How big can they get?

Where do they live?



Answers:

What kind of creature lived in this shell?

This shell was home to an enormous sea snail called the Syrinx aruanus or Australian trumpet, which is the world's largest snail. Unlike hermit crabs, a snail's shell is part of its body, and is formed by an organ called the mantle.

How big can they get? Where do they live?

The Australian trumpet has been known to grow to 36 inches long, weighing almost 40 pounds. They feed mostly on polychaete worms, and live in the intertidal zones of Northern Australia and environs.



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