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Discussion » Questions » Animals (Wild) » Are garden snails cannibalistic scavengers?

Are garden snails cannibalistic scavengers?


  There is a bike path near my home that's bordered on both sides by lush vegetation that is a habitat for hundreds of snails. One side is very sandy and full of cacti and other such plants that require little water. The other side is irrigated. Every morning, snails migrate across the concrete path toward the water, and dozens are smashed underfoot or under bicycle tires. I have noticed that at the scene of many demised shell-draggers, sometimes a live cousin can be seen camped out in pause of the journey to water works.  I never hang out long enough to examine the actual activity taking place because, well, because they do everything so slowly, but it makes me wonder if they're feeding off of the pureed carcasses?

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Posted - May 6

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  • 13848
    Yes. They will eat anything including other snails.
      May 6, 2019 7:27 AM MDT
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  • 35043
    yes. They will eat anything including other snails.
      May 6, 2019 7:40 AM MDT
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  • 4636
    Perhaps they bury their dead. They might be more evolved than we think.
      May 6, 2019 9:50 AM MDT
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  • 22966

      Wait, does that mean there might be little snail judges presiding over civil cases for the filing of snail restraining orders?  Yikes!
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      May 6, 2019 12:05 PM MDT
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  • 4636
    The snails are evolved enough not to need restraining orders.
      May 6, 2019 4:47 PM MDT
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  • 22966

      Oh. I see. Thank you for the clarification.



    Hey, wait . . .
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      May 6, 2019 5:38 PM MDT
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  • 1006
    Thats an interesting story. I do know that snails eat matter in decomposition; they clean the ground by eating decomposed matters. 

    So maybe they also eat their brothers' bodies. 
      May 7, 2019 10:34 AM MDT
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  • 22239
    not that i know of
      May 12, 2019 4:50 PM MDT
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