10 Weird and Wonderful Facts About slugs


1. Slugs have a pair of retractable, sensory tentacles on their head, which they use to smell, taste and feel their way around.

2. Slugs are hermaphrodites, which means each slug has both male and female reproductive organs.

3. Slugs produce mucus, which helps them move around and keep their bodies moist.

4. Slugs eat with a rasping tongue called a radula, which is covered with tiny, sharp teeth.

5. Slugs are found in a variety of habitats, including forests, gardens and even the ocean.

6. Some slugs are capable of ‘swimming’ by propelling themselves through the water using their mucus.

7. Some slugs are venomous, and their bites can be painful and even dangerous to humans.

8. Slugs are a favourite food of many animals, including birds, snakes, toads and even some mammals.

9. In some cultures, slugs are considered to be lucky, and they are often kept as pets.

10. Slugs can live for up to 5 years in the wild, and even longer in captivity.

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