Snails will take desperate risks when they are hungry
Today’s Video of the Day from EurekAlert reveals that snails are willing to take desperate risks when they are hungry.
A team of neuroscientists at the University of Sussex has found that starving pond snails can drastically alter their food preferences.
The study demonstrated that the snails will even eat potentially harmful substances when they are in survival mode.
Professor Kevin Staras explained, “Balancing risk and survival is common to most organisms and by focusing on pond snails as a model, we’re able to gain insight into similar mechanisms in complex animals where these questions are much more difficult to investigate.”
Dr. Michael Crossley added, “Our approach allows us to unravel the critical brain control mechanisms underlying decisions about when and what to eat.”
The study is published in the journal Science Advances.
Video Credit: EurekAlert