Scutus antipodes Click to enlarge image
Elephant Snail, Scutus antipodes, in rock pool Image: Dr Isobel Bennett
© Australian Museum

Fast Facts

  • Classification
    Species
    antipodes
    Genus
    Scutus
    Subfamily
    Emarginulinae
    Family
    Fissurellidae
    Super Family
    Fissurelloidea
    Order
    Lepetellida
    Subclass
    Vetigastropoda
    Class
    Gastropoda
    Phylum
    Mollusca
    Kingdom
    Animalia
  • Size Range
    15 cm

The Elephant Snail looks like it has grown too big for its shell.

Identification

The white shield-shaped shell of the Elephant Snail is often completely covered over by the black mantle. A member of the limpet family, this snail is easy to identify because of its large size and black colour.

Habitat

Elephant Snails are found in intertidal rock pools.

Distribution

Elephant Snails are found in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia and Tasmania.



Feeding and diet

The Elephant Snail is usually found feeding on algae in pools, crevices or under stones.