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Puzzle: what is it here?
The photo from my garden.

It looks disgusting and it really is.
Slugs and snails are generally distinguished by the presence of a large exterior shell on the back of snails. Slug, or land slug, is a common name for any apparently shell-less terrestrial gastropod mollusc.
Slugs produce two types of mucus: one is thin and watery, and the other thick and sticky. Thick mucus coats the whole body of the animal.ost species of slugs are generalists, feeding on a broad spectrum of organic materials, including leaves from living plants, lichens, mushrooms, and even carrion.The great majority of slug species are harmless to humans and to their interests, but a small number of species are serious pests of agriculture and horticulture. They can destroy foliage faster than plants can grow, thus killing even fairly large plants.
In my garden, slugs like marigolds, dahlias, petunias. After the night, the plant is destroyed. How to get rid of them? One can use the chemical gel. But then the dead snails adorn the grass. Other method is to use salt. Salt kills slugs by causing water to leave the body owing to osmosis.
I use the beer traps. In some places, I put the jars with beer. This is the frequency in the beer bar after just one night. (And not all the jars!)
I throw it away in the canalization.

When attacked, slugs can contract their body, making themselves harder and more compact and more still and round. By doing this, they become firmly attached to the substrate. This, combined with the slippery mucus they produce, makes slugs more difficult for predators to grasp. The unpleasant taste of the mucus is also a deterrent.
Once my husband saw something on the plate and thought it was piece of chocolate....

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