Cowry Seashells and a Free, Printable Coloring Page

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My Atlantic Deer Cowry and Tiger Cowry Shells

One type of the Cowry shell was once widely used as currency.  It is called the Money Cowry!  😉

The shells can be large or small and have a very shiny shell.

The Tiger cowry is spotted with dark brown blotches and the Atlantic Deer cowry (Macrocypraea cervus) is lighter tan with light spots.  Mine is four inches long.

I used to think that the lighter colored of my cowies was a Measled cowry, but they have dark centers in the spots on their sides, and mine doesn’t.

Shells of various species of cowries; all but ...
Image via Wikipedia

Besides it’s domed shape, the outstanding feature of the cowry is it’s glossy shell.

As you can see in this image from Wikipedia cowries come in an amazing array of colors and sizes and they are so shiny that it almost seems like they are made of glass or porcelain.

Help yourself to the free coloring page printout of my cowry seashells below. Just click on the picture and print.

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Cowry shells
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