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The Titanic Banana Slug

The Titanic Banana Slug

Today in the woods behind the house I found this Banana Slug- the “poster” animal for Slugyard (see the banner above)!  Unlike most other slugs we find in the yard, this one is a northwest native.  They grow to be from 5 to 10 inches long and are a sight to see. Like the snail I posted about before, slugs have four antennae with simple eyes at the ends of the top two. They also have a large breathing hole,…

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Snail in the Forest

Snail in the Forest

This snail was wandering around in the woods behind our house.  I scared it for a moment and it hid inside its shell. Once it came back out I took this photo.  Look at the head closely.  See the extra small antenna near the ground?  Well, there is a matching one on the other side of the head to make it a total of 4 antennae.  According to a Cal-Berkley website: Technically they are tentacles, but “feeler” is a pretty…

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At a Snail’s Pace

At a Snail’s Pace

I have a patio pond in my backyard.  It is basically a plywood box that I have filled with water, soil, and plants.  Though I have never put snails inside, they managed to find it!  This is a pond snail, which actually is the name given to many different kinds of snails that live in water.  The snail probably hitched a ride with a plant that I put in there. This one is getting ready to move to another leaf….

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Snakes Eat Garden Slugs

Snakes Eat Garden Slugs

This slimy creature is a garden slug.  Garden slugs come from Europe and they are famous for eating plants in our yards.  Most of our native slugs do not do this since they generally prefer living in the forest.  No such luck with garden slugs. Many people try to get rid of these hungry invaders using different methods.  One that was used a lot in the past was sprinkling salt on their bodies.  This does kill a slug, but scientists…

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Spotted Leopard Slug

Spotted Leopard Slug

This Spotted Leopard Slug is not from the U.S., but since it was introduced it has spread.  According to Oregon State University, it moves a lot faster than the native banana slug (the picture in the banner above on Slugyard).  This speed helps it catch other slugs for a tasty (ugh) meal. See the hole in its side?  This is called a pneumostome, and it is used by slugs to breathe.  For more information on slug anatomy, click this link…

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Cannibal Snail

Cannibal Snail

We found this little guy while walking in the woods behind our house.  Look at his shell- notice anything strange?  Does the shell look flat?  This is a good clue that it is a Robust Lancetooth Snail.  According to a website called “A Field Guide to the Lowland Northwest”, it gets this name from the way that it catches its prey- by stabbing it with a spike (like a lance).  And what is its prey?  It actually eats other snails! Because…

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Oregon Forestsnail Hanging Out?

Oregon Forestsnail Hanging Out?

Land snail, possibly an Oregon Forestsnail, hanging out.  According to a UBC webpage, these snails prefer habitats that have big leaf maple trees and stinging nettle plants.  We have both in our yard. Related posts:Snail in the ForestOregon Grape SnailSnail on the Trail