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Got squirted by a garden slug

Okay this is a new one for me! I picked up a slug and it squirted me with a slimy yellow substance. I've never had this happen before - it took quite a bit of scrubbing to get it off. When I came back it hadn't gone that far and it then met my chickens. Didn't know that slugs had a defence mechanism, I assume all the others were na??ve and trusted me...


  • artjakartjak Posts: 4,167

    Yuck, you poor thingimage

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,423

    I remember those copulating slugs from one of David Attenborough's programmesimage

    Look away now if you're squeamishimage

    Slugs roost (or whatever slugs do) under pots in my nursery. I pick them off til I get a handful, then put them on the slabs and tread on them. They always ooze slime on my hand en route to their death. 

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,423


    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • FleurisaFleurisa Posts: 779

    I once made the mistake of picking up a large slug bare handed because I couldn't be bothered to get my gloves. Well the time it took to scrub all the yukky slime off, I could have gone and got my gloves about 5 times. I didn't realise the slimy stuff was so resistance to soap!

  • I'm glad I'm not the only one that this is new to! I have picked up literally hundreds if not thousands of slugs in my time and have neevr had this happen before. Maybe the word has got out that I throw them to the chickens now.

    Fleurisa - I was feeling quite anxious at not being able to get it off with soap and the scrubbing brush!

  • YviestevieYviestevie Posts: 7,063

    I remember spending hours trying to get a slug off the nose of my inquisative West Highland Terrier. 

    Hi from Kingswinford in the West Midlands
  • PerkiPerki Posts: 2,494

    After a while using a strimmer i get covered in slug guts and  pieces, on all my cloths , my hands , arms, face, hair you name it. I am that used to it now it doesn't even bother me image

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