Land Snail Predation Signature Display (Animal Signatures® Display Series)
Just as we learn to identify the handwriting of others, we can learn to read “signatures” left behind by wildlife. By recognizing these animal clues, it is possible to conclude which animals are in the area. This unique, glass-topped display provides real examples of these clues, or signatures. Each sample is collected from the wild with careful regard to environmental impact, and assembled by Acorn Naturalists. With this display, discover how protein-rich land snails are eaten by many animals. Birds and mammals leave different opening signatures on the snail shell, as this display identifies. The scat included is a ScatCast® replica. Information about the samples shown is provided on the back, making this display perfect for educators. Our signature displays are recommended for ages 8 to adult.
Dimensions: 6" L x 8" W x ¾" D
Quoted from the label on the back of the display:
"Land snails are consumed by a wide variety of wildlife. When eating a snail, a roadrunner will peck at the shell with its bill and pull the snail out. In general, birds eat snails by pecking through the center of the spiral, leaving half of the shell intact. However, others, like the Everglades Kite, neatly scoop out the foot of the snail. Foxes, skunks and coyotes also will eat snails. They tend to be messy, often crunching down the entire snail, and then spitting out (or defecating) the indigestible remains. This display shows crunched shells alongside a replica of fox scat."
Animal Signatures® Displays Mix and Match: Receive 10% off when ordering 10 or more of any items in this series. Upon checkout, discounts for all items are added together and collectively subtracted from the total.