A Flesh-Eating Slug is a magical creature very similar to the common garden slug. The spittle of the Flesh-Eating Slug has a corrosive effect on both skin and plants.
It is a garden pest, Hagrid explained to Harry Potter that Flesh-Eating Slugs were ruining all of the school cabbages. The only known way to get rid of these slugs is by using a specific repellent that can be bought in Knockturn Alley.
The Flesh-Eating Slug is apparently a frightening creature, since a Hogwarts student was scared enough of them to turn a Boggart into one.
But in real life, a previously unknown species of meat-eating slug that sucks up earthworms like spaghetti has been discovered in Wales. The ghost slug (Selenochlamys ysbryda) first appeared in South Wales gardens in 2006, possibly after arriving as a stowaway in imported potted plants. The nocturnal predator is armed with blade-like teeth for slicing through animal flesh and can measure up to 5 inches (13 cm) long when stalking its prey.
The slug's origins remain a mystery, but the study team speculates that it may be native to deep caves found in Georgia, Armenia, or Turkey. No one knows whether the spooky creature presents a serious threat to Britain's earthworms or other native animals.
5/21/2017 07:09:02 am
In Dutch the Flesh-eating slug repellent is translated as vleesetend slakkenkruid. I Always interpreted this as the slug repellent is flesh-eating; I also know that during Lupin's first Boggart lesson he told about a boggart that wanted to scare 2 people at once, and in this context the flesh-eating slug was mentioned. But concerning the repellent, I'm not sure what's considered flesh-eating: the slugs or the repellent. I would think the slugs are the common ones, ruining the cabbages by eating them; or are the flesh-eating slugs ruining the cabbages by searching for prey (prey that is in the cabbages)? It's surely possible the translator made a mistake, or I could misinterpret the words of Hagrid in Chapter 4 of "chamber of secrets".
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