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Slugs!

Thursday, October 17, 2013

There are very few animals I don't like. I will pick up and hold just about any animal. Two off the top of my head that I'm not so fond of though are pet birds* like parakeets, macaws and cockatoos, and slugs. Not all slugs though, leopard slugs are pretty cool and so are banana slugs. I'm just not a fan of regular slugs. (Which pretty sure I've identified my local ones as Arion subfuscus) I guess there have just been too many instances of me accidentally stepping on them with bare feet or squishing them with my hand when I go to pick up a stick. But the other day I got a chance to see one along with it's baby and it kind of changed my views on them.
Random slug facts:
Slugs have a single lung and breathe through a hole in their side called a pneumostome. You can spot this dude's pneumostome in the photo above.
Slugs are hermaphrodites.
• In favorable conditions they can live up to five years.
When attacked slugs contract their body which helps them become smaller and more firmly attached to the surface they're on.
• Slugs are prone to drying out so they like to live in damp places. Even really gusty conditions can dry them out.
• Only 5% of slugs are above ground at any given time, the other 95% are underground.

I don't know what it was about these two but they got me thinking about how neat slugs really are. I guess I've never really looked at one up close or took the time to read about what cool critters they are. 
xoxo 

*To be fair, I've never "met" a pet bird. I always say people who don't like cats or dogs have just never met one. My grandpa hated cats then my mom adopted one, who is the absolute sweetest, and my grandpa realized just how awesome cats can be. But that's another story. Anyway, birds, my friend growing up had a bunch and they were gross, loud and smelly. I'm sure there are great ones and that they can be real cool but for the time being I think birds are creepy as heck. I avoid them at all costs.

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  1. I live in the land of parrots - Australia, and I'm sure if you could only see them in the wild, in their native habitat, then you would like them a little bit more.

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  2. Aren't slugs interesting? I love how they move!

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  3. My son had a pet limax maximus named "Spot". Spot lived in his own slugarium with a little pond and moss and lots of rocks and twigs to frisk about on. My son fed him wilted lettuce and kitty kibble. Then one day Spot laid a huge clutch of eggs. They hatched in a few weeks and our lives were filled with baby slugs - we called them "The Specks". It was a Charlotte's Web moment - Spot declined quickly after the Specks were hatched and was with us no more. Eventually my son released the Specks in the forest behind the Jewish Community Center.
    True Story: One morning we looked into the slugarium and the Specks were climbing the glass sides and they had spelled out the word "SLICK".

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  4. This was both super gross and deeply interesting, haha. Well done.

    I hate pet birds, too, and I"ve met several. I get it, though; people who met my emotionally needy old cat would probably not get why I love her so much either, if they're not "cat people". I'm not a "bird person". But I do love African Grey Parrots, because they are basically very small, feathered people. So there's that.

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  5. I always get really grossed out by slugs, but if I take the time to watch them become fascinated. So I get it!

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  6. I hate birds too! There's something about them being able to fly into my face whenever they want that I just don't trust. Pigeons are the worst. Give me a rat any day over a disgusting pigeon.

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  7. I like slugs too! My boyfriend always moans at me for holding them or saying how cool they are but i really do like them! :D

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  8. yuck yuck yuck! BUT still enjoyed this post :) thanks for sharing the fun facts!

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  9. Oh this was lovely. I feel the same way, that if you don't like a particular animal then you probably haven't experienced living with it. Now if anyone asks me if I'm a cat or dog person, I just say I'm an animal person. Why do I have to choose, right?

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  10. Slugs! How adorable that one! The one on the top picture looks almost translucent however it doesn't look like that in other pictures, what does it actually look like?

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  11. Slugs are kind of weird, poor things. They can't help being so squishy >.< I liked the slug facts, it's always good to know more about the unusual creatures that live on our earth! The two you've pictured are actually kind of cute in a sticky, tiny way.

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  12. This is really fascinating, I had no idea they went underground.

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  13. 95% of slugs being underground almost made me puke

    chloe
    www.bythelock.com

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  14. When I was in 5th grade, my friend and I found some slimy little eggs under a rock. We had no idea what they were, but decided we obviously had to hatch them and find out. We kept them in a little habitat and low and behold they were slug eggs! Until then I didn't even know slugs came from eggs. Seeing those lil babies crawling all around definitely helped me gain an appreciation for the critters!

    -Jasmine

    quirkishembrace.blogspot.com

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  15. My grandma's parrot just passed away this year--he was 29 years old! I'm not really a fan of birds as pets either (my policy is no pets that aren't furry and snuggly), but he was a pretty chill bird.

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  16. I've never really looked at slugs close up before. They're actually pretty interesting. I'm glad you did this post. It's made me look at bugs a little differently :)

    Anna x
    thesumofherparts.blogspot.co.uk

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  17. I just saw a leopard one the other day. I don't see slugs all too often here in the land of concrete slabs.

    I always said I would never own another bird because they are so messy and throw their food but if I ever did, it would have to be a sun conure for sure. I raised a few at the place I worked at and they were so sweet I couldn't help but love them. Plus they stay small.

    -Chrissy of Crashbeauty.com

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  18. I'm scared of most animals :P Love your post though!

    Ayesha
    http://definingayesha.blogspot.in/

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  19. I see an awful lot of slugs everyday, knowing that I'm only seeing 5% of them kinds blows my mind.

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  20. I am also not too fond of pet birds. My best friend in elementary school had one, and it's favorite pastime seemed to be to peck me whenever possible.

    Slugs are awesome! I'm very fond of snails, which I see a lot in Southern California. I used to accidentally step on them a lot, but now I know when they usually come out, and look where I walk.

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  21. We had birds, and I really liked them, but they were also super noisy and one was forever throwing seeds out of the cage... They had three sets of babies though, and they were super cute!
    There aren't really any animals that I dislike either. I'm not a dog person, but besides that, I can't think of any others!

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  22. I've never really been a fan of slugs since I've stepped on them bare foot when I was younger and just always hated them whenever I saw them. Reading this post and learning more about them has slightly changed my opinion on them, but I'm still gonna need some work to love em! Haha

    http://mariedarling.blogspot.com/

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  23. Slugs are great. Aplysia is a giant sea snail that has given us amazing incite into the formation of memories... You can't be skeezed out by this guy!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yLa-cXg8BwM

    Enjoy!
    Kristin - kmjaxon@gmail.com

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  24. I've never liked the people who keep birds as pets because: Really?! You take the one animal with the gift of flight and you clip its wings and put it in a cage?! Jerk face.

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  25. That's funny you of all people don't like slugs. I was really excited the other day when I saw one for the first time.


    I generally don't like birds either because I'm afraid they'll peck out my eye. Lol I saw a lot of birds while on vacation that I've never seen before (egret, ibis, vultures, pelican) and that was pretty cool. I think they weren't scary because they were bigger and more like other animals.

    Way to go for keeping an open mind!

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  26. Aw that little baby next to it <3 so cute!

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  27. The day I realised slugs were super cool was when I saw a video of them mating on a nature documentary once. The whole mating ritual slugs (and snails!) engage in is fascinating, and kind of beautiful, if a bit slimy :/

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  28. I've always been into slugs, being from the west coast they were always pretty prolific. I remember going to tons of nature camps where they had us "pet" slugs to use their slime to pick up leaves and stuff. It was pretty neat.

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  29. in So Cal i always saw snails, but now in Virginia i only see slugs. they like to come up through my drain into my bathtub - yeek! both snails and slugs will lick you if you let them. just put your finger up by it's mouth and you can feel it's little tongue or whatever they have brushing up against your finger. i guess they like the minerals on our skin. so i think that's kind of cute.

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  30. ps. i don't miss accidentally stepping on snails. they have a habit of getting in the way in So Cal!

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  31. Nice photos. Slugs are strangely fascinating - so alien looking. I have also had the unfortunate luck of stepping on one bare-footed. What a horrid feeling...not sure which is worse, that or stepping bare-footed in warm cat barf. Ugh!

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  32. Birds are lovely from afar, but I don't think I could handle having one as a pet. The closest I've ever really come to is having chickens when I was growing up!

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  33. I love finding slug trails glistening in the sunlight on the sidewalk!! (And I have the same view of pet birds as you do haha.)

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