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Difference Between Slugs and Snails

Slugs vs Snails

Both slugs and snails are gastropods and belong to phylum Mollusca. Both have soft bodies with a muscular foot. Both slugs and snails are similar in many respects but with only a few differences.

One of the noticeable differences is that snails have a shell on their backs whereas slugs do not have shells. The shell is coiled and about one to one and one-half inches long.

Both slugs and snails have either a dark green, tan, light gray, or black body. Some of the varieties have patterns or spots on their bodies. While moving from one spot to another, both snails and slugs leave a slimy mucus trail behind them. They lay oval or round-shaped eggs.

Snails have strong muscles that help in withdrawing the body completely into the shell. The snails withdraw the body into the shell when threatened. Some snails have a horny disk on their foot which closes the shell opening once the body is completely withdrawn inside. Some snails also close the openings with a slimy substance.
Slugs also have muscular bodies which are only straight and not coiled as that of snails. When talking about slugs, the garden slugs are less than an inch in length. Then there are the great gray slugs which are longer with about four inches in length.
Both slugs and snails are very sensitive and can detect the presence of food from a long distance away. However, some say that slugs have more power to detect food than snails.

Summary:

1.Both slugs and snails have either a dark green, tan, light gray, or black body. Some of the varieties have patterns or spots on their body.
2.Snails have a shell on their backs whereas slugs do not have shells. The shell is coiled and about one to one and one-half inches long.
3.Snails have strong muscles that help in withdrawing the body completely into the shell. The snails withdraw the body into the shell when threatened.
4.Slugs also have muscular bodies which are only straight and not coiled as those of snails.
5.Some snails also have a horny disk on their foot which closes the opening of the shell once the body is completely withdrawn inside. Some snails also close the openings with a slimy substance.
6.Both the slugs and snails are very sensitive and can detect the presence of food from a long distance away. However, some say that slugs have more power to detect food than snails.


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