12 Jul '11, 6am

Tiny Snails Live On After Being Eaten By Birds...

Tiny Snails Live On After Being Eaten By Birds...

Photo: iJammin / cc In nature, survival of the fittest usually means being fast or stealthy enough to avoid getting eaten -- but with those two options off the table, one species of tiny snail has found another way to cope. Scientists in Japan have recently discovered that when white-eye birds gobble up a species of land snail, it's not necessarily game over for the slow prey. Like a miniature molluskan Hercules fighting its way through the depths of Hades and back, many of these tiny snails manage a way to survive the perilous journey through the birds' digestive tract, arriving unscathed at the other end -- and it may all be for a greater cause. According to a researchers from Japan's Tohoku University, a species of small land snails, Tornatellides boeningi , can survive despite being eaten by avian predators -- and the experience may be an important one for the success ...

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