Image Number: 1440095

Slugs, Limax spp., may be very damaging in plant beds, especially during cool, rainy springs. Slugs are shell-less snails. They have soft, legless, unsegmented bodies which vary from light yellow to gray- brown. The elongated body acts as a muscular foot that glides along on a mucous secretion which gives slugs their slimy appearance. Slugs feed at night, tearing ragged holes in the leaves with their rasplike mouthparts. Feeding damage and silvery slime trails may be the only clues to their presence because slugs hide under debris during the day.
Image type:

You must attribute the work in the manner specified (but not in any way that suggests endorsement).

Image location:
United States


There is no applicable taxonomy of higher classification for this subject.


Kingdom: Plantae
Phylum: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Subclass: Asteridae
Order: Solanales
Family: Solanaceae
Genus: Nicotiana
Subject: Nicotiana tabacum (burley type) L.
Node Affiliation:
Image uploaded:
Monday, January 1, 1990
Image last updated:
Friday, May 20, 2011