Unfortunately, it's not uncommon to see cigarette butts on the ground. It's not every day you see this though.

Megan Shull
Megan Shull

That would be a snail or slug eating a cigarette butt left by an inconsiderate person in Ocean Township. My first reaction to the pic from my friend's feed was "well, that's sad." And it is sad that cigarette butts are flicked all over the place with no care at all.

As far as the snail or slug is concerned, it's perfectly fine. After doing some research on snails (seriously) I found out that these creatures aren't too picky about what they eat.

According to allaboutslugs.com:

They crawl along the ground munching anything digestible, from decomposing plants to dead animals. In the garden, they may eat tender young plants, bits of compost, fungi, and all sorts of rotting matter, even paper or cardboard. Slugs play an important role in nature, breaking down decaying matter and recycling it back into the soil.

Our friend in the picture is likely more interested in the paper from the cigarette than the tobacco.

The only thing we need to worry about is the jerk who dropped the butt...and the caption contest!

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