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Northern moon snail
Common Name:

Northern moon snail

Scientific Name:

Lunatia heros


Unique Qualities:

The northern moon snail is 3.8 - 12.7 cm high, and almost as wide. It’s round, smooth and brownish-grey.

Can be Seen:

The moon snail is found in the waters off Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. It’s also found in the northeast United States as far south as North Carolina.

Likes to Hang Out:

In the moist sands exposed at low tide, live snails can often be seen plowing below the surface. Moon snails enjoy tidal zones, and water up to 366 m deep.

Likes to Eat:

Moon snails have huge appetites and eat several times a day. Moon snails regularly eat clams buried in the sand or mud.

Status:

The Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) does not have a listing for the moon snail. This means that the species is healthy, or it has not been counted yet.

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