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Problems - Plants being bitten

Cacti and succulents can come under attack by bugs and animals which bite or chew on the plant. This usually happens to succulents which don't have many spines and are soft. I've not had this happen to my plants often, and maybe it helps that there isn't any pets in the house which can chew or bite on the plants.

This Graptopetalum had parts of some leaves bitten off. This is likely to be an attack of snails or slugs. Since this is such an easy to grow species, the attack is not a problem but the plant is left unsightly.
This Gymnocalycium had a big chunk bitten off. I believe this was caused by a bird.

This is not fatal. Ensure that the wound dries properly and a scar forms. Avoiding a secondary fungi attack is a priority.

This Haworthia has had a few holes poked into a leaf. This is also likely to be a bird attack. Again this is not a serious wound.

Remedies

Here are my notes for this problem:


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