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slug

the garden pest Agriolimax meticulatus; may attract snail poison to a hitherto carefree garden and lead to metaldehyde poisoning in companion animals and may also harbor encysted larvae of Syngamus trachea.
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Since their invasion, it is understood they have mated with British slugs to create a hybrid superslug that can survive both cold and hot weather.
If your shotgun has a fixed Full choke, you may be able to shoot Foster-type slugs safely, as long as the manufacturer agrees.
At any rate, our menu of sabot slugs ranged from 300 to 375 grains in weight.
The changing weather patterns - mild, wet winters and wet summers - have boosted slug populations, but the situation has been exacerbated by the loss of natural predators including hedgehogs, thrushes, frogs, toads and ground beetles, which feed on slugs and help retain the balance of nature, he says.
The study also identified two species of short-keeled slugs which are likely to have come from Italy.
Slugs are essentially snails without shells, Dill said.
In the matings that Lange observed, all slugs stabbed their partners in the head, rather than a different body zone or a mix of targets as related slugs do.
Late spring frosts killed off a lot of them, but this may just be offsetting the plague that could follow - we need late spring frosts and early winters to kill off juvenile slugs to keep numbers down.
Shotgun slugs are a whitetail hunter's domain, and there's no place better suited for testing them than Illinois, where whitetails grow heavy-boned and massive.
I've read that slugs are standard issue in Canada for taking out rogue bears.