Researchers eye spread of invasive faucet snails

Dec 17, 2014

Faucet snails are appearing along the Great Lakes coasts.
Credit Courtesy Natural Resources Research Institute, University of Minnesota Duluth

The populations of an invasive snail in the Great Lakes may be increasing, according to a new study. Researchers from ten universities including Central Michigan University and Grand Valley State University have found “faucet snails” in more areas along the Great Lakes coastline than experts previously thought.

The snails are a concern for animals further up the food chain like ducks and coots. Signs of the snail are not considered too dire yet but they are something to watch.

Current State's Melissa Benmark talks with researcher Carl Ruetz, a professor at GVSU’S Annis Water Resources.