BAILER SNAIL
Melo umbilicatus

Habitat: Typically found on sand and mud bottoms in shallow water.

Average adult size: Adults can grow to be 1 foot long.

Natural history: Very little is known of the biology of the Baler snail. The animals in this group are much bigger than their shells, with an extremely long siphon, or proboscis. The siphon is used to pick up the chemical "smell" left behind in the slime trail of its prey.

Range: From Australia to Indonesia.


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