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 to check out another OSU website.

  1. I found last year the first Leopard slug in our garden. Now more nad more neighbours discovering this large slug as well. I read somewhere the slugs (eggs) arrive with our salads from the grocery store. Since then I am looking at my plate of salad with some skeptism.

  2. I’m surprised (and somewhat disconcerted) about how many of our native European snails and slugs have spread in North America. This must have surely have had some kind of impact on local species.

    (Incidentally, I keep a blog about gastropods, feel free to drop by, I recently posted about Limax maximus =) ).

    @guild-rez: don’t worry, snails and slug eggs are usually big enough and you would spot them easily if there were any on your food. Besides, most terrestrial snails will lay their eggs underground, not on vegetables, where instead they would be fully exposed to predators such as insects and other snails or slugs. Their eggs are also soft and prone to dehydration, so burrowing them underground is necessary to keep them at the right temperature and humidity level.

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