Biology of slugs and snails
Snails and slugs have similar biologies. They are hermaphrodites - both members of a mating couple can lay eggs. Mating usually takes place from mid-autumn to mid-winter when favourable moist conditions return after summer.
Two to four weeks after mating, spherical pearl-white eggs are laid into moist soil. Egg laying can continue from the break of the season to late winter. However, eggs can not survive a hot, dry summer or lie dormant in the soil. After laying, eggs hatch in two to four weeks, but young slugs and snails usually become sexually mature after one year.