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  Photographer: Alan Henderson  Source: Museum Victoria

Slugs and Snails

Class: Gastropoda
Phylum: Mollusca
Order: Thirteen known orders

Range from 10-100mm. Have a soft, unsegmented body and a prominent head with eyes and 2 tentacles (or feelers). Move along slime using a large muscular ‘foot’. Many have a single, coiled shell into which they can retreat. Different species are found in terrestrial, freshwater and marine environments. Land snails and slugs like moist environments. Eat rotting vegetation, fungi, algae and lichens. Predators include beetles, centipedes, frogs, birds and lizards.