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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?


Posted - May 6


  • 15029
    Yes. They will eat anything including other snails.
      May 6, 2019 7:27 AM MDT

  • 38817
    yes. They will eat anything including other snails.
      May 6, 2019 7:40 AM MDT

  • 5000
    Perhaps they bury their dead. They might be more evolved than we think.
      May 6, 2019 9:50 AM MDT

  • 24482

      Wait, does that mean there might be little snail judges presiding over civil cases for the filing of snail restraining orders?  Yikes!
      May 6, 2019 12:05 PM MDT

  • 5000
    The snails are evolved enough not to need restraining orders.
      May 6, 2019 4:47 PM MDT

  • 24482

      Oh. I see. Thank you for the clarification.

    Hey, wait . . .
      May 6, 2019 5:38 PM MDT

  • 1056
    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

  • 22370
    not that i know of
      May 12, 2019 4:50 PM MDT