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Sunday, October 15, 2017

What A Slimy Creature


With all the rain my area has over the summer. It has brought out an abundance of wildlife. I walked out my front door one time to find this slimy creature. A “Great Grey Slug”. Also known as a “Leopard slug”.

My oldest boy said I should pour salt on them when I see them. You can find them by following their slime trails. So, I started to do a little research about them.

The good thing about slugs, many creatures like to eat them. Besides bigger slugs eating the smaller ones. Snakes, birds, chickens, ducks, owls, hedgehogs, and toads love to dine on the slimy creatures.



This is what I have learned :

1. These type of slugs are not native to North America. They are native to Europe and parts of Africa.
2. The slug was introduced to the United States of America back in 1867 when they were found in cellars. This slug was an original stow away on ships to immigrate to America.
3. The slugs can grow anywhere from 4 – 8 inches in length.
4. They come in a variety of colors.
5. Slugs can be found wherever humans dwell in. Such as : gardens, flower beds, compost piles or other damp areas.
6. They prefer to feed at night. As they are nocturnal.
7. Food – dead plants, fungi, and other slugs. They also eat crops faster than they can move.
8. Slugs lay eggs in a cluster. Size of an egg is 6×4.5mm. That’s tiny.
9. Eggs hatch within a month. It takes 2 years to reach maturity.
10. Slugs are considerate hermaphrodites. They will court for several hours. By circling and licking each other. Both will lay hundreds of eggs later.

Have you ever been slimmed by a slug?

9 comments :

  1. Aha the slug! I took a number of pictures of the same type of slug walking over a pair of scissors and put it in my blog (the post was about a garden that I am in the process of rehabilitating). It's big and slimy but very photogenic!

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  2. That is the most info ever on that little creature! I can't say that I am a fan of the slime, but it was helpful to read how they fit into our environment and in nature! I am surprised how quickly they do move! Fun info!

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  3. Sandy, I'm visiting from the Ultimate Blog Challenge. Wow! These huge garden things are actually really interesting. Thanks for a bit of bug fun!

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  4. I never let a slug slime me. I have used salt, but don't like to put salt in my flower beds where the slugs are active. I wear gloves if I need to remove them. I actually have more snails than slugs. Thanks to you, I now know more about these slimy creatures. I wish they'd emigrate back to where they came from.

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  5. I did not know about slugs, I am not fond of them.

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  6. I see slug trails from time to time, but rarely see the actual creatures. Like most critters I just leave them be. I'm not gonna tortue them with salt. That's just mean. But, then again, I don't have anything to protect from them, lacking a garden.

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  7. Yes, I see slugs now and then, mostly on the sides of houses. I usually leave them alone.

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  8. I remember as a kid my mom gave me the Morton Salt container and sent me out at night to get rid of them, for they would attack her garden, our main source of food. I see them often now and like to watch them slime along. I suppose if I planted a garden I might get out the salt and pour it on the slugs.

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