Captive breeding alters snail behavior

14 enero 2015

Rearing snails in the laboratory can cause important changes in their behavior, researchers have found. “We found that great pond snails follow the slime trails laid down by other snails as they move. What we found really surprising was that rearing the snails in the laboratory changed this behaviour relative to wild snails. This difference between wild and laboratory reared snails only occurred when they had been socially isolated for a week before we tested them,” authors say.