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Old 01-29-2018, 04:24 PM
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Default Re: Do frogs eat slugs?

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I'd think slugs tend to be so slow in their movements that they aren't as likely to trigger a feed/strike response in frogs that see them.

Slugs also defend themselves with a thicker slime they exude when distressed - this makes it harder for smaller animals that can't swallow the slug outright to successfully eat them. My small box turtle could eat an earthworm of much larger diameter than a slug because the thicker slime made it harder to bite the slug into swallowable chunks.

Animals that can swallow the slug in one go, however, seem to like them well enough: My chickens, once they learn to recognize them, devour every slug they see.

I think frogs could eat smaller slugs - they are just less likely to focus on them as a food source if enough faster-moving, attention-grabbing arthropods are crawling around. Slugs also favor nocturnal activity, meaning less time for them to catch the eye of a hungry frog as well.
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