Tiny snails survive digestion by birds
What goes in, also comes out.
ESPECIALLY IN JAPAN.
Snails are able to survive intact after being eaten by birds, according to scientists.
Japanese white-eyes on the island of Hahajima, Japan feast on tiny land snails.
Researchers found that 15% of the snails eaten survived digestion and were found alive in the birds’ droppings.
This evidence suggests that bird predation could be a key factor in how snail populations spread.
It is well known that plant seeds are dispersed by birds that eat fruit.
But in findings published in the Journal of Biogeography, researchers from Tohoku University, Japan investigated whether invertebrates could also spread in this way.
Such excretion habits were previously observed with slugs and doe-eyed anime girls with hair colors from across the visible spectrum of light.