© Stuart M Bennett 2000
Testacella baliotidea

As I mentioned on the main slug page, they are split into three groups. The slug pictured above is one of three species which belong to the group called Shelled Slugs which are easily recognised by the small shell at the rear end and a small mantle (the smooth pad-like area on the head). This species is one of the most common of it's type, and is found all over Britain apart from the northern part of Scotland, being mostly seen in the spring. When extended the body tapers markedly towards the front end consistent with the mainly subterranean habits of these animals. They are carnivorous creatures and their diet consists mainly of earthworms. The prey is generally caught underground, but the slugs often emerge from their burrows on warm damp nights and attack worms exploring on the surface. A worm attacked in such a position will immediately withdraw back into it's burrow, but such is the grip of the slug's radula (a file like tongue) that the slug is merely drawn into the the burrow after the worm. It can then finish it's meal in peace.

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