Slug Facts: Lesson for Kids

Instructor: Mary Grace Miller

Mary Grace has taught first grade for 8 years and has a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and is licensed in ESL.

What kind of animal is a slug? Where do slugs live? What do slugs eat? This lesson will answer all of these questions and more while teaching you lots of fun and interesting facts about slugs!

What Are Slugs?

A slug is a type of animal called a mollusk. Mollusks are animals with soft bodies that live in damp places. A slug is a special kind of mollusk called a gastropod. Did you know that gastropod means 'stomach foot?' This is because most of a slug's body is one huge muscle in their stomach area that they use for almost everything.

This is a banana slug.
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Slugs have long tentacles at the tops of their heads, and they have eyes on the ends of those tentacles! They have other, shorter tentacles that they point down and use to help them smell. Slugs don't have backbones or any other bones in their bodies!

Where Do Slugs Live?

Slugs must live in damp, dark habitats, or homes. Their bodies are damp, but they can dry out if they don't have a wet habitat. Slugs are usually found in places that humans have created, like gardens and sheds. They can be found anywhere in the world as long as their habitat is damp and cool.

What Do Slugs Eat?

Slugs are omnivores, which means that they eat both plants and animals. Slugs are not picky eaters and will eat almost anything!

Slugs help decompose matter when they eat food and bring it back to the soil.
slug

They eat rotting leaves, dead animals, and pretty much whatever they can find on the ground. Slugs are very important to nature because they decompose food matter as they eat it, and when they poop it back into the environment, it's very helpful in making healthy soil! It sounds gross, but it really helps the earth.

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