As nocturnal mollusks, slugs tend to reside in dark places during the day, such as hedgerows, refuse or rotting logs and timber. Their habitats are very often close to areas of human presence, such as gardens or parks.Know More
These hiding places are also where slugs will lay their eggs. Laid in large quantities, the eggs are held together by a sticky substance that yellows prior to hatching. Slugs develop gradually. They can lay dormant for up to 4 years.
They feed on the shoots and leaves of most field and garden crops, with a particular preference for ripe strawberries, tomatoes and head cabbage, which also provides good shelter during the day.Learn more about Slugs & Snails
Most fresh-water slugs are edible if they are thoroughly cooked to kill any parasites and bacteria they may carry, some of which are extremely harmful to humans. Slugs also feed on poisonous mushrooms and should be fed lettuce, bran or meal for a week to detoxify before being consumed.Full Answer >
Snails are neither mammals nor reptiles. They belong to the phylum Mollusca and are classified as gastropods. Gastropods are characterized as having a single shell that is capable of hiding them completely.Full Answer >
Sea snails are generally omnivorous. They eat algae and sometimes feed on smaller snails as well. Some species, such as the cone snail, are predatory sea snails. Smaller cone snails tend to eat marine works, while larger ones can prey on live fish.Full Answer >
Snails are members of the class Gastropoda, phylum Mollusca, and thus are not formally considered bugs. True bugs are part of class Hemiptera, which are from the phylum Arthropoda. Informally, however, bugs are considered to include all land invertebrates; in this sense, land snails are included.Full Answer >