Elephant Snail

Scientific name
Scutus antipodes
Common name
Elephant Snail
Life on the Edge
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Sea Snails
Where to find
In crevices and under boulders on rocky reefs
Elephant Snails are easy to distinguish by their size and black colouration.  The large body of this animal has an inadequately small white shell, making it very vulnerable to exposure.  Large tentacles at the front of the head help this snail when moving out from under rocks at night to feed on drift algae. Length to 10 cm

Elephant Snails are the largest mollusc commonly found in the intertidal area of the Bluff. They are more numerous where there are large loose boulders or crevices in the rock where they can hide when the tide is out to and to avoid dehydration. Like many other species on the rock platform these animals depend on their immediate environment for their survival and should always be left where they are found.