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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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Octoboy-the-8th Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014
They sure are cute when they withdraw their eyes like that. Nice capture! 
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bipolarbearinthere Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
LOOK AT THAT FAAACCE! XD
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014
:)
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KristenSpork Featured By Owner 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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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013
Thank you! :)
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SynapticBoomstick Featured By Owner 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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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013
:) :) :)
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madwilly2006 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow! Great color and clarity!
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012
Thanks! :)
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Lollyne Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That's a beautiful photo. I love the colours and the composition of it.
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner May 1, 2012
Thanks! :)
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Pildik Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful monster. I love it. :)
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:iconmelvynyeo:
melvynyeo Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2011
Thanks! :)
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bunknubber Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2011
It looks like it is about to shoot lasers out of its eyes.
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:iconmelvynyeo:
melvynyeo Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2011
Lol :)
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Samanth406 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
... Wow!!!
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2011
Thanks!! :)
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MrsBox Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
It reminds me to Star Wars!!
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2011
Haha :)
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DanniGoodberry Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011
what do snails and slugs eat??
Moved one off a sidewalk this morning but didn't really know where to put it (Set it on a leaf)
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2011
How nice of you :) Most eat dead leaves, fungus and decaying vegetable material. :)
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Nite-Lik Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011
Your pictures are always so beautiful and awesome and the info with each one is great! You Sir are the Critter Master!
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2011
Thanks! :) Glad you like them :)
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Bluesrains Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011
Great capture
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2011
Thanks! :)
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SocialOutlaw Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011
Cool shot , excellent history lesson - A+ ..

-- don't know why , but this guy reminds me of Jabba the Hut ! --
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2011
Thanks! :)
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SocialOutlaw Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2011
Your welcome .
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Zippo4k Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011
I use to keep slugs and breed snails when I was younger. It was a lot of fun. :)
The baby snails are terribly difficult to maintain because they're so vulnerable to dessication and conditions the adults would otherwise be more resistant to.
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2011
Slug as pets???? Hmm....... :)
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UsvsArgentina Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011  Student Photographer
spooky...
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2011
Thanks! :)
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UsvsArgentina Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011  Student Photographer
anytime
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