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Jun042009

« slug tentacles »

Like other pulmonate land snails, most slugs have two pairs of ‘feelers’ or tentacles on their head; the upper pair being light sensors, while the lower pair provides the sense of smell. Both pairs are retractable and can be regrown if lost. — Slug Wikipedia page

 

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Eww... and Cool all in one. Nice close-up

June 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRyan

You know we are lovin' the slugs right now... Did not know their tentacles could be regrown! Very cool!

June 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDawn

Great info.! I'm going to share this with my kids. Thank you for always being so informative! :)

June 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer Tan

thank you, ryan — but no ew for me! i think slugs are cool. :^)

dawn, oh, i know it! i was thinking about that pic of fionna handling the slug! i prefer to gaze at them from a-near. ;^)

thank you, jennifer! :^)

June 5, 2009 | Registered CommenterLori

I had to go over to wiki to see where that plate came from. What cool illustrations!

June 5, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterangel

My kids really like looking at slugs and all other insects. I'll suggest looking for the duo tentacle sets. Intriguing, but I'm not for getting too close to them either. Thanks for the info and, as always, the inspiration!

June 5, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterkaren m.

angela, i know, it’s like a vintage botanical illustration but with slugs! who doesn’t love that?! :^)

karen, we didn’t even notice the second set of tentacles until we looked at our close-up photos. then we were fascinated and had to look it up to see what each set was for. :^) thank you!

June 5, 2009 | Registered CommenterLori

Think about it- it's like being able to regrow one's sense of smell, or sense of sight. Pretty incredible.

Also, I might have accidentally eaten a baby slug tonight. This is what happens when you snack out of your backyard. Oops.

June 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKyrie

it is incredible. :^)

lol re: the baby slug .. after a half-a-caterpillar incident, i examine my homegrown salad greens very carefully! :^P

June 7, 2009 | Registered CommenterLori

We played with a snail like this on our deck this morning. He was using his lower tentacles to smell his way around my 4 yo's hand, and what I assume was his mouth to taste as well.

June 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

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