Snails & Bird Digestion
July 12, 2011 by staff
Snails & Bird Digestion, Japanese scientists have found that 15 percent of the snails eat white bird on the island of Hahajima survive digestion. The mighty molluscs were found alive and well in the droppings of the birds – and scientists believe that this feat of nature is helping to spread snail populations.
The findings were published in the Journal of Biogeography, and complement previous studies that showed most snails had more difficulties as the other end alive.
Shinichiro Wada told the BBC researcher nature: This is the first study to show that birds can indeed carry a large number of land snails live microorganisms in their intestines.
During the study, laboratory researchers at the University of Tohoku feed the birds with small snails tornatellides boeningi.
Besides the surprise survival rate 15 percent, Wada told the BBC that a shell had been fed pregnant with one of the birds gave birth to several “juvenile delinquents”, just after passing through the intestine.
Previous research has shown that pond snails could survive being eaten by fish, but this discovery is the first time that land snails.
While it is believed that the snails survived the ordeal thanks to its diminutive size, Wada says more research is needed to determine if they have other “adaptations” that made them test digestion.
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