Slug Doggerel

If I were a snail and you were a slug     snail

I’d sing your praise to every bug!

And tell a tail that few could match

About how you can lay and hatch

Your eggs yourself

As boy and girl.

slugNo other critter can unfurl

 twenty times its body length.

They haven’t  got the flex or strength.

A slug can slip away inside

Through cracks and crevices small and wide.

That single foot it leaves no print,

It just sets down a slimy hint

For you to follow later when

You back track for a snack again.

A body-made road map comes in handy

When you crave some greenery candy!

Not just for you such trail is set

Your friends and family can also get

A meal from following the handy slime,

Lettuce fears your cartographic, gastric line!

Your eyes are stalks, you look like gel

You don’t even have a shell,

Or so some think, but they don’t know

That they should try to look below

The skin on your back for there it hides

Waiting a chance to ride the tides

Where your brother shellfish play and frolic

Oh what joy to be a mollusc.

By Diane Tucker 7/11/09

The slug is a fascinating creature. It is a shellfish, the cousin of a snail. Its shell is indeed invisibly located underneath skin on the back. They are hermaphrodites, having the sexual qualities of both male and female. Eggs laid will hatch only if conditions are moist.

Slugs can stretch themselves up to twenty times their original length, enabling them to fit into tight spaces. Their slime is laid down in a continuous trail that they can retrace to a satisfying food source. Their friends and relatives can follow it too. Snails have an interrupted slime line.

Snails and slugs are further a part of an animal group known as gastropods. These creatures move using a “foot” which propels the animal forward on slime, in the case of slugs and snails, and along a sandy shore bottom in the case of other molluscs. It is a single foot like any snail would have. Snails and slugs are related to octopus, clams, oysters and scallops.

This is a banner year for slugs. They love wet weather.

See you on the trails,
Diane Tucker, Estate Naturalist


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7 Responses to “Slug Doggerel”

  1. Bridget Says:

    Well done. Fun and informative!

  2. Patsy Says:

    I LOVE it!! You are really a very creative cousin! Have to admit I did not know slugs at all!

  3. hillsteadnatureblog Says:

    Thank you!

  4. Ratty Says:

    A wonderful post! This is the kind of information I wish I would have had the time to give. Your post is entertaining and informative, which is a very powerful combination.

  5. CtNise Says:

    Awesome! Always learning from you!

  6. Phyllis Katz Says:

    I love the charm and the knowledge that informs this poem!

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