East African Slug

Polytoxon robustum (?)

a large  slug, Urocyclidae, from Nakuru, Kenya, July 2014. Photo © by Michael Plagens

Observed at Nakuru, Kenya, Africa. July 2014.

Large land snails lacking shells are known as slugs. Like snails they move along on a layer of mucus secreted by their 'stomach-foot'. This is the reason for the order name 'Gastropoda'. This restricts slug activity to times when the relative humidity is high. In moist cloud forests slugs and snails can forage by day, but in other environments they must come out of underground hiding only at night or during rain events. Several families of land snails have evolved this slug-like trait.

Urocyclidae -- Tailed Land Snail Family

More Information:

Kenya Natural History

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updated 30 June 2022.