Look what we found!

Look who we found hanging out in the garden…

Mr. (or Mrs.) Giant slug!  There he is all squished up.

Now here he is all stretched out!

Mr. Slug was and thick as my thumb and when he was all stretched out the was longer than my middle finger!  Wow!  I bet he could eat a whole row of lettuce in one night!  We moved him back to the compost pile where he would be safe and could dine on all the food  and plant scraps he could eat.

The kids where so excited by Mr. Slug we decided to make a slug and snail lapbook book.  Did you know that slugs are related to octopi, squids, clams, oysters, and of course the snail?  And that their eyes are on top of the tentacles that are located on their head?  It is fun to learn all these neat facts when working on a lapbook with your children!

We used this worksheet to learn about the different parts and characteristics of the snail, this predator wheel because my kids love to make “wheels”, and these minibooks with fun facts.

Today is a great day to go on a slug or snail hunt of your own!

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  1. Posted June 30, 2010 at 1:19 pm | Permalink

    He’s cute!! :)

  2. Posted June 30, 2010 at 2:09 pm | Permalink

    How cool!
    I have never seen one like that one before.
    What a great pattern he has.

  3. Erin
    Posted June 30, 2010 at 2:16 pm | Permalink

    Sue, I actually just looked up different species of slugs and found out he is a “Limax maximus” (literally, “great slug”), but also known as the great grey slug, or the leopard slug. I think the name leopard slug is very fitting for him! Leopard slugs are also one of the largest air breathing slugs!

  4. Posted June 30, 2010 at 4:09 pm | Permalink

    We started getting these giants in our backyard about 10 years ago. I had never seen one before that. At first we were horrified….imagine how much lettuce a giant like that could eat. Then we learned they were predators and we relaxed BUT they are still shocking to come across when you’re not expecting it!!

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