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Slug by melvynyeo Slug by melvynyeo
Like other pulmonate land snails, most slugs have two pairs of 'feelers' or tentacles on their head. The upper pair is light sensing, while the lower pair provides the sense of smell. Both pairs are retractable, and can be regrown if lost.

On top of the slug, behind the head, is the saddle-shaped mantle, and under this are the genital opening and anus. On one side (almost always the right hand side) of the mantle is a respiratory opening, which is easy to see when open, but difficult to see when closed. This opening is known as the pneumostome. Within the mantle in some species is a very small, rather flat shell.

Like other snails, a slug moves by rhythmic waves of muscular contraction on the underside of its foot. It simultaneously secretes a layer of mucus on which it travels, which helps prevent damage to the foot tissues. Some slug species hibernate underground during the winter in temperate climates, but in other species, the adults die in the autumn.

In rural southern Italy, the garden slug Arion hortensis was used to treat gastritis, stomach ulcers or peptic ulcers by swallowing it whole and alive. Given that it is now known that most peptic ulcers are caused by Helicobacter pylori, the merit of swallowing a live slug is questionable. A clear mucus produced by the slug is also used to treat various skin conditions including dermatitis, warts, inflammations, calluses, acne and wounds.

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bipolarbearinthere Feb 13, 2014  New member Hobbyist Writer
LOOK AT THAT FAAACCE! XD
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KristenSpork Jun 11, 2013   General Artist
Hah, awesome shot! I've seen a million macros of snails, but I don't think I've ever seen one of a slug! Very nice detail.
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SynapticBoomstick Mar 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Not sure if I would swallow one of these. Now, maybe if it were roasted we could talk. :chew:

The angle gives the slug some personality, there's sharp details, and even a mini-lesson. I never knew some slugs had an internal shell.
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madwilly2006 Sep 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow! Great color and clarity!
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Lollyne Apr 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That's a beautiful photo. I love the colours and the composition of it.
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