Range/Geographical Distribution: Virginia to the Gulf of Mexico.
Habitat: Subtidal along beaches.
Description: A long, narrow, tapered shell with many whorls. Colors vary from purple to yellow to brown to gray. Small orange/yellow operculum.
Size: Can reach two inches in length.
Breeding: No larval stage, young emerge from egg capsules and bury into the sand.
Predators: Moon snails, crabs
Conservation Status: No legal status.
Interesting Facts: When eastern auger snails die their shells often become homes for long-wristed hermit crabs.
On the Coast: Eastern auger shells are often found washed up on coastal Georgia’s beaches.