Yellow Slug

Yellow Slug Introduction

Like all slugs, the yellow slug moves slowly using a gliding back and forth motion. It has a foot on its abdomen that creeps along, aided by the secretion of mucus, which leaves a slime trail. Yellow slugs are mottled yellow and gray with two sets of blue antennas. The top antennas sense light, while the lower ones provide a sense of smell. 

Yellow slugs live primarily in the United Kingdom, including Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and England, as well as Western Europe. They have moved to other places such as China. 

These medium to large-sized slugs eat fungi, vegetables, and decaying plants and bark. They’re considered pests because of the damage they can do to gardens, but they break down nutrients in plant matter so it can be used again. 

Keywords to learn

Mottled: spotted or blotchy appearance

Mucus: a thick bodily secretion

Abdomen: stomach


About Me

Hey Kids, my name is Yule the Yellow Slug and I am very happy to meet you. Learn more about me and my species https://www.kids.nationalgeographic.com

 

 

Key Data

  • Order:
    Stylommatophora.
  • Lifespan:
    1 to 2 years.
  • Class:
    Gastropoda.
  • Scientific name:
    Limacus flavus.
  • Mass:
    1 oz. or less.
  • Length:
    10 cm.
  • Region Found:
    UK and Western Europe.
  • Population Status:
    Least concerned.
  • Current population trend:
    Stable.
  • Diet:
    Omnivorous.
  • Sexual maturity:
    9 months.

 

As you have just learned, yellow slugs are known for their yellow and grey skin and their blue antennas.  Now that you know more about the yellow slug by learning the key data above, be sure also to check out the fun facts. When you are finished learning the facts, try answering the questions in the Q&A corner on the bottom right side of the page.

 

 

Download questions about the Yellow Slug here: Yellow Slug (answers are on this page)

Yellow Slug Fun Facts for Kids

  • # 1. The top pair of antenna are called the optical tentacles, while the lower antenna are called the oral tentacles. These tentacles can extend, retract, and even regrow.
  • # 2. Yellow slugs live in moist, dark places, such as cellars, gardens, kitchens, or under stones or fallen trees.
  • # 3.These animals are nocturnal so humans rarely see them, but they’re very common.
  • # 4. They’re sometimes called cellar slug or tawny garden slug.
  • #5. Gastropod means “stomach foot.”

Q&A Corner

  • # 1. Where does the yellow slug live?
  • # 2. How many tentacles does the yellow slug have and what are they used for?
  • # 3. Why is the yellow slug considered a pest?
  • # 4. How is the yellow slug helpful?
  • # 5. Name one unusual thing about the yellow slug’s tentacles?

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