Anybody who watched the six o'clock news tonight might well have seen an item about the life of the snail. We think of snails as slow, unadventurous creatures who slide across the garden without moving very far. We couldn't be more wrong.
Scientists fixed small lights to snails' shells and then mapped what happened after dark. Surprisingly, they moved long distances, spreading out across quite an area. Speeded up the images created an amazing pattern of movement.
Importantly though, snails carry lugworm which can be dangerous for dogs. Some dogs love chomping snails up and thus they get infected.
Two lessons to be learned from this I would have thought. Stop your dog from eating snails (yuk) and don't try throwing any snails in your garden over next door's fence - they will probably be back 'home' by the next morning.