Invasion of the Super Slug

In this activity children investigate the preferred habitat of slugs to explain why a slug would move to a new habitat.


A large mollusc known as the Spanish ‘super slug’ has invaded the North East, Newcastle University. The recent warm, wet weather encouraged it to multiply rapidly. Growing to more than 10cm in length, the carnivorous Spanish Slug far outweighs its English cousin and can produce hundreds more eggs, enabling it to reproduce at a far quicker rate.

Children investigate the preferred habitat of slugs and use the information to explain why a slug would move to a new habitat.

Learning Objective

  • to draw on observations and ideas to offer answers to questions
  • to make comparisons between basic features of living things
  • that there are differences between local habitats
  • to make predictions about the animals and plants found in different local habitats and to investigate these
  • to use simple texts, with help, to find information
  • to make observations and comparisons

Children will learn:

  • the conditions that make a perfect habitat for a slug
  • to make a prediction about the habitat choice of a slug based on data
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These resources were initially developed in partnership with the Centre for Science Education, Sheffield Hallam University.