Thursday, May 30, 2013

giant fluorescent land slugs

Eight-inch-long, day-glo pink slugs have been appearing in numbers on a mountain top in New South Wales, Australia.

From Yahoo! news:

"As bright pink as you can imagine, that's how pink they are," Michael Murphy, a ranger with the National Parks and Wildlife Service, told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. "On a good morning, you can walk around and see hundreds of them."

I'm not exactly sure what he means by "a good morning."


Joe said...

Dave, are there any of those 3" slugs out there? I don't seen those type here any longer but i did accidentally step on a little one in a shell yesterday evening.

Dave B, a.k.a. catboxer said...

You stepped on a little Ohio snail. I remember them really well.

We've got slugs up to four or five inches out here, and they're an ecological necessity. Being salad eaters, they at least keep a little of the overgrowth under control.

No pink eight-inchers though.

Joe said...

Thanks. I'm thinking that the housing development here probably killed them off.

Joe said...

Threatened swallowtails.