Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Banana Slug

We saw this fellow on May 4, 2009. It's the first time we remember seeing a slug like this. My older son discovered him munching a dandelion leaf on the side of our house.

As far as I can tell, this is a banana slug. It appears that they are the only type of slug that is native to this area. They are often yellow. I sure hope we find a yellow one sometime. Here's a quote from Wikipedia about banana slugs:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Banana_slug

Banana slugs are detritivores, or decomposers. They process leaves, animal droppings, and dead plant material, and then recycle them into soil. They seem to have a fondness for mushrooms, and they spread seeds and spores when they eat. They move relatively slowly since banana slugs, like all slugs, have only one muscular foot.




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