Some of my slugs!
I was amused by the posts on my last blog. I never expected a blog about the word "endanger" could turn into The Mussel War. It made me think of another one of my personal favorite outdoor creatures. So I wanted to see if you would weigh in about gastropods.
Many people seem to dislike slugs. I have an abundance of them that climb on my house in the evening. They live beside a giant hosta plant. I have never noticed my hosta being eaten by anything - is that just a myth?
The slugs we have in our area are known as Leopard slugs. The babies are interesting to see - I have seen some that are only 1/2" in size. They actually serve a purpose - the food chain - and are eaten by mammals, birds , amphibians, and insects.
It doesn't bother me to pick them up for a closer look. They are sticky and cold to the touch, which is a little weird. Initially the tentacles will retract, but if you hold one for a short while the tentacles will come out again. They seem to look about curiously.
I found some interesting information about the mating habits of slugs. I laughed until I cried. I won't mention it here but if you need a laugh look it up!