! Only 5% of the slug population is above ground at any one time. The other 95% is underground digesting your seedlings, laying eggs, and feeding on roots and seed sprouts.
! A slug’s blood is green.
! Most British slugs eat rotting vegetation, but a few are carnivorous.
! Slugs do play an important role in ecology by eating decomposing vegetation.
! A slug lays 20-100 eggs several times a year.
! Slug eggs can lay dormant in the soil for years and then hatch when conditions are right.
! Gastropods form the second largest class in the animal kingdom, the largest being the insects.
! Slugs are hermaphrodite, having both male and female reproductive organs.
! Slugs have been present in the British Isles since the end of the last ice age.
! In favourable conditions a slug can live for up to 6 years.
! A slug is ba*sic*ally a mus*cu*lar foot, and the name ‘gastropod’ literally means stomach foot.
! Un*like snails that hi*bern*ate dur*ing winter, slugs are act*ive whenev*er the tem*per*at*ure is above 5°C.
! A slug is es*sen*tially a snail without a shell.
! Slugs used to live in the ocean, which is why they still need to keep moist.
! One in*di*vidu*al field slug has the po*ten*tial to pro*duce about 90,000 grand*chil*dren.
! Brit*ish garden*ers use over 400 bil*lion slug pel*lets every year.
! It’s been es*tim*ated that an acre of farm*land may sup*port over 250,000 slugs.
! Re*search has shown that the av*er*age UK garden has a pop*u*la*tion of over 20,000 slugs and snails.
! A cu*bic metre of garden will on av*er*age con*tain up to 200 slugs.
! A slug’s slime en*ables it to glide without dif*fi*culty over glass shards, or even the edge of a razor blade.
! Slugs have the cap*ab*il*ity to re*pro*duce by them*selves, al*though a mate is pre*ferred.
! When picked up or touched, the Black Slug will con*tract into a hemi*spher*ic*al shape and be*gin to rock from side to side. This be*ha*viour con*fuses pred*at*ors.
! Slugs leave their own in*di*vidu*al scent trail so they can find their way home.
! A slug’s slime ab*sorbs wa*ter, which is why it’s nearly im*possible to wash it off your hands.
! A slug’s slime con*tains fibres which pre*vents it from slid*ing down ver*tic*al sur*faces.! A slug smells with its body.
! Bri*tain is home to around 30 spe*cies of slug.
! A slug can stretch out to 20 times its nor*mal length, en*abling it to squeeze through the smal*lest of open*ings.
! A slug has ap*prox*im*ately 27,000 teeth – that’s more teeth than a shark.
! Like sharks, slugs routinely lose and re*place their teeth.
! When a slug loses one of its sens*ory tentacles it grows an*oth*er, usu*ally with*in a few months.