All photographs copyright (2003-2013) by Kris H. Light

A <strong>Slug</strong> is a mollusk, making it related to clams, snails, abalone, cuttlefish, squid  and octopus. Unlike the animals listed above, it has no external or internal shell. When I was in Germany several years ago, I went into my friend's g...
A Slug is a mollusk, making it related to clams, snails, abalone, cuttlefish, squid and octopus. Unlike the animals listed above, it has no external or internal shell. When I was in Germany several years ago, I went into my friend's garden to pick some fresh strawberries. Many of them were already being eaten by these slimy creatures. I asked Ursula what they are called in German. Her answer was "Nacktschnecke". I laughed and said, "Oh, so they are a 'naked snail'!". German is such a literal language! :) Slugs move about on a trail of slime, leaving a silvery trail behind them. Squiggly lines seen on logs, rocks, fence posts, etc., may be the marks left behind by feeding slugs. They have a rasping mouth called a "radula" used for scraping algae.

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