Naticidae - Moon Snails

Naticidae, the moon snails, usually have smooth, inflated shells with medium to low spires. The body whorl takes up most of its height and the shell aperture is usually large. These mollusks usually prey on other mollusks by wrapping their large foot around the prey and secreting an acid which helps its tongue (radula) drill a hole into the shell. Then the tissue of the prey is sucked out. Moon snails live in sandy, muddy areas, both inshore and offshore. There are 9 species found in Texas.