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Serpent's Head cowrie shells, Cyprae caputserpentis, snakehead

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Serpent's Head cowrie shells, Cyprae caputserpentis, snakehead
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Quantity: Package of 10
Size: 3/4 inch (19 mm) to 1.25 inch (31.75 mm)

The Serpent's Head cowrie, also known as Cyprae caputserpentis cowry, is a sea snail that feeds on polyps on coral reefs. It is most commonly found under the coral rocks in the Indo-Pacific region and also around the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. The exterior of the shell is smooth and polished because of the covering that the animal has, called a mantle, that wraps around the entire shell.

These snakehead cowries are small shells used in making shell animals, shell characters, seashell candles, mirrors, wreaths and shell ornaments. The cowries, with their shiny shells and astonishing variety of patterns and colors, probably have been the shell family most popular with shell collectors over the centuries.

Some cultures see cowry shells as a symbol of fertility and are often offered to a bride as a gift to ensure fertility. They are colorful shells that work well for making jewelry such as pendants and earrings in native crafts.

They also look great in a clear vase, in an aquarium, or on the coffee table as a conversation piece. Serpent's Head cowries are also used in carvings like cameos due to the uniform color under the patterned shell.

The outer shell has been removed from these Serpent's Head Cowrie shells. Each shell is approximately 3/4 to 1.25 inch long. They are not drilled.

Shipped to the US, only.