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Slug Scat

slug & scat 066Slugs produce lots of mucus – some covers their whole body and makes it difficult for them to be picked up by a predator, some forms a “slime trail” that aids them when they are moving, and some envelopes their waste. After a slug has eaten and digested food (a wide variety of plants, fungi, earthworms and carrion), a mucus string of scat leaves through its anus, which is hidden under the leathery patch called a mantle, located just behind its head. The odd position of this opening is a result of the slugs’ evolutionary descent from snails. In a snail this opening must be outside the shell, and thus is far forward on its body. (Congratulations to Jean and Michele for their spot-on guesses.)

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  1. bakerii@epix.net

    Hi Mary, I should have known this!!  I had an extraordinary teacher in 5th and 7th grade who permitted all sorts of natural world investigations (in the late 1950s); she was wonderfully permissive in allowing the class to try or bring in Anything!  My friend Raymond brought in a whole slew of slugs one Friday and they were housed in a terrarium…. of course, by Monday morning they had crawled out and over the whole classroom and I’ve never forgotten the mucus trails on the blackboard!  We watched snakes give live birth, could take the pet squirrel home for a weekend… a Wonderful Education!Just like, Mary, your great presentation at the Northern Woodlands Writers Conference.  Thank you so much!!!Nancy Baker From: Naturally Curious with Mary Holland To: bakerii@epix.net Sent: Monday, December 1, 2014 8:35 AM Subject: [New post] Slug Scat #yiv6695658850 a:hover {color:red;}#yiv6695658850 a {text-decoration:none;color:#0088cc;}#yiv6695658850 a.yiv6695658850primaryactionlink:link, #yiv6695658850 a.yiv6695658850primaryactionlink:visited {background-color:#2585B2;color:#fff;}#yiv6695658850 a.yiv6695658850primaryactionlink:hover, #yiv6695658850 a.yiv6695658850primaryactionlink:active {background-color:#11729E;color:#fff;}#yiv6695658850 WordPress.com | Mary Holland posted: “Slugs produce lots of mucus – some covers their whole body and makes it difficult for them to be picked up by a predator, some forms a “slime trail” that aids them when they are moving, and some envelopes their waste. After a slug has eaten and digested ” | |

    December 1, 2014 at 2:44 pm

    • It’s amazing how much effect one person can have on a child’s life, isn’t it? So glad you had this experience, and thank you for your very kind words.

      December 1, 2014 at 3:15 pm

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