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21/05/2013 at 13:19

I found these two little carmers in the garden this a.m. I put a pencil next to one so thet you can see the size. Are they the Spanish Slug?

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/23934.jpg?width=480&height=350&mode=max

 

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/23935.jpg?width=480&height=350&mode=max

 

21/05/2013 at 14:12

Not an expert, but I don't think so.  These look a bit like leopard slugs to me, but I wouldn't like to say either way.  Think I would give them the benefit of doubt and not chop them with the weeding knife.  Spanish slugs are meant to be upto 15cms (6 inches) long, that makes these seem like tiddlers.

Not looking forward to saying hola to my first spanish slug.  The length of time between hello and goodbye will be very short.

21/05/2013 at 16:10

The Spanish slug thing was a typical Dail Mail scare story with very little Scientific fact behind it.  It was then picked up by other papers and the Interweb and so everyone believed in it. Once you start looking at the science, it soon is apparent theit is nonsense.

Those are Leopard slugs and the are carnivores, they eat other slugs. Mind their slime is HORRIBLE. It will not wash off your hands, even with soap and a scrubbing brush.

21/05/2013 at 20:58

Ooh, they EAT other slugs; I may invite them to tea

21/05/2013 at 22:23

Dont know much about slugs. Are they ALL Carnivores?

21/05/2013 at 22:45

May be omnivores, but they certainly eat their greens!

22/05/2013 at 00:12

I think the correct term is detrivors.  They eat detritus (no, not the golem from Terry Pratchet), all of the dead and rotting stuff, as well as young greens, as their mouth parts are not developed and raspy enough to eat established greens.  Leopard slugs will eat almost anything, but one of their favourite things is other slugs.

Slugs are useful in their correct place, which is miles away from my veg patch.

22/05/2013 at 14:26

MMP, I agree

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