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22/11/2017 Open cloze exercises

The slug is a relative of the snail. It has a long rounded body and moves about on a muscular foot. As it
___1___, it leaves behind a glistening trail of slime. In ___2___ mouth is a ribbon-like tongue with many
rows ___3___ tiny teeth. The slug uses this tongue like ___4___ file to rasp up its food.

Most slugs ___5___ on living or decaying plants, and thus do ___6___ good in clearing away dead
vegetation. However, they ___7___ also do much damage in a vegetable garden ___8___ eating up precious
vegetables. Some slugs are carnivorous ___9___ flesh-eating. They can be distinguished from ___10___
vegetarian slugs by the tiny shell each ___11___ near the hind end of its body. They feed ___12___ worms,
caterpillars and also their relatives, the vegetarian slugs ___13___ does so much harm to seedlings.

Gardeners kill ___14___ many slugs as they can because of the ___15___ they do to vegetables and fruits
growing on the ___16___. Salt kills slugs and some gardeners put ___17___ garden salt to keep off the
troublesome tiny black ___18___. The usual way of killing slugs, however, ___19___ to put down a slug-
killer in the form ___20___ bran mixed with poison metaldehyde.

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The slug is a relative of the snail. It has a long rounded body and moves about on a muscular foot. As
it moves, it leaves behind a glistening trail of slime. In its mouth is a ribbon-like tongue with many
rows of tiny teeth. The slug uses this tongue like a file to rasp up its food.

Most slugs feed on living or decaying plants, and thus do some good in clearing away dead vegetation.
However, they can also do much damage in a vegetable garden by eating up precious vegetables. Some slugs
are carnivorous or flesh-eating. They can be distinguished from the vegetarian slugs by the tiny shell
each has near the hind end of its body. They feed on worms, caterpillars and also their relatives, the
vegetarian slugs that does so much harm to seedlings.

Gardeners kill as many slugs as they can because of the damage they do to vegetables and fruits growing on
the ground. Salt kills slugs and some gardeners put down garden salt to keep off the troublesome tiny
black slugs. The usual way of killing slugs, however, is to put down a slug-killer in the form of bran mixed
with poison metaldehyde.

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