Euglandina rosea (Férussac, 1821) Feeding On Deroceras laeve (Müller, 1774) [Meadow Slug]

    During an early morning walk in southeastern Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida on 5/1/2010 a juvenile Euglandina (about 25 mm. in length) was observed pursuing, capturing, and subsequently swallowing alive a Deroceras laeve (Müller, 1774) [Meadow Slug]. Although this reporter had long suspected that Euglandina fed on the very common small slugs, this is the fist instance that the actual event was observed.

07:08.17 AM - The Euglandina rosea was discovered on the sidewalk in rapid pursuit of a Deroceras laeve

07:08.45 AM - The Euglandina rosea overtakes the Deroceras laeve and goes for the slugs head

07:09.20 AM - The Euglandina rosea begins swallowing the Deroceras laeve

07:09.42 AM - The Deroceras laeve is no longer visible

07:11.05 AM - The Deroceras laeve is now history