Scientists are warning of an outbreak of a new breed of slug which have been spotted in the South West.
The Spanish slugs - which eat smaller slugs - can survive many of the pellets that usually kill their English counterparts.
The recent hot weather is being blamed for giving good breeding conditions which saw slug numbers double this summer.
Record numbers of slugs are also eating more plants than usual thanks to recent humid weather and a mild winter which helped boost crop growth.
Researchers say an army of the oversized 'monster slug' gastropods have hit the country.
The pests, which feast on dead matter and dog excrement, are said to be particularly hardy and able to devour up to 20 slug pellets before they even start to show the effects.
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