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Snails Survive Digestion by Birds

Escargot, anyone? Scientists in Japan have found that 15 percent of snails eaten by birds survived digestion and were found alive in the birds’ droppings. The finding suggests that birds could help spread snail populations in the same way they disperse fruit and vegetable seeds. The tiny snails that were studied came from Japan’s Hahajima island; larger snails eaten by birds have fared worse in previous studies.