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Candy cane snail shells

California Academy of Sciences2015-09

California Academy of Sciences

California Academy of Sciences
San Francisco, CA, United States

Snails grow by adding calcium carbonate to the open edge of their shells, creating a hard casing that spirals outwards as they grow. These colorful snails live on forest trees on only one island in the Caribbean. They’ve been admired for centuries, but are over-collected because of their colorful patterns. The reason for their individual patterns and hues isn’t fully understood.

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  • Title: Candy cane snail shells
  • Creator: California Academy of Sciences
  • Date Created: 2015-09
  • Location: Caribbean
  • Location Created: San Francisco, CA
  • External Link: Zoom in closer
  • Scientific Name: Liguus virgineus

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