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Geographic Cone Snail
Conus geographus
15 cm


Where Geographic Cone Snails are found. Map from GBIF.
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Lifestyle
I am a gastropod. I have a shell and a muscular foot that I use to move around the reef looking for food. My favorite places are sandy bottoms and underneath corals. Because I am so venomous, most animals never try to eat me! I don't have to worry about predators that much.
Fun Facts
I may not look like it, but I am one of the most deadly animals on the reef! I use a tube near my head to shoot tiny harpoons into my prey or any animal that tries to eat me. My venom stuns, or paralyzes, my prey so I can slowly eat them whole. Yep, that's right: I can eat an entire fish whole! My tiny harpoons are filled with venom so deadly it kills humans too. My species has killed over 30 people that got in my way! I feel bad about that but I can't help it. Please don't pick me up if you see me in the ocean; I'd rather not hurt any more humans.
Menu
I only eat other animals, so I am a carnivore. After I poison-harpoon my prey, I stand on them. My mouth is right next to my foot so this is very convenient! My favorite thing to eat is small fish...they are delicious! I will also snack on other snails or sea slugs.
Threats
Reefs are in danger, and that means so is my home! My snail friends and I have to keep an eye out for humans who collect our shells as well. Our shells are very beautiful and people often to take us out of the reef so they can keep our shell in their home. We die when this happens; I've lost many friends this way.
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