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Slugs

Posted Oct 14 2009 10:00pm

Slugs belong to the phylum of molluscs, in the class Gastropoda, which are soft-bodied invertebrate animals.

6-inch-slug

6-inch-slug

Slugs are related to snails, but do not have a shell. All slugs have a protective coat of slime and a distinctive head with protruding tentacles, which have eyes at the end. The tentacles are used to smell and locate food.

slug-on-cabbage

slug-on-cabbage

slug-damaged-lettuce

slug-damaged-lettuce

slugged-damaged-strawberry

slugged-damaged-strawberry

Slugs eat plants so they are a great pest in the vegetable garden; some species are carnivorous and eat other slugs, snails, and earthworms.

slug

slug

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