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24/10/2012 at 18:45

I saw a slug on the pavement a couple of doors down from my house today that was so big that when I put it in my hand, it reached from where the palm joins the wrist, right up to the middle of my fingers.  It was the diameter of a banana!  I have never seen anything like it.  I am guessing that this is the dreaded Spanish Slug that I have read about that has invaded the UK and is wreaking havoc throughout the country - I can certainly see why!  God only knows how us organic gardeners are going to deal with these monsters...

24/10/2012 at 18:48

Don't know what it was Lunarz, but I can't believe you put it on your hand.

24/10/2012 at 18:58

 me neither!

24/10/2012 at 19:43

they truly are disgusting creatures, I've had some whoppers this year but nothing like that.

I'm sure Shaun Hudson wrote a horror novel titled "Slugs"

24/10/2012 at 20:09

You put in yor hnand?????????????

24/10/2012 at 20:18

Lunarz ,

Please could you add your nearest town ,thank you J

24/10/2012 at 20:18

I'm always picking them up - putting them in the green bin or in the hedgehog bowls.  But this one was a bit too big even for me!  I was so tempted to tread on it, but I couldn't bring myself too so I just examined it and put it back down again ...

24/10/2012 at 20:54

Banana slug


24/10/2012 at 21:55

That's about it sotongeoff!  Apart from this one had a yellow tummy. Little buggers!  I hope I don't regret my kindness in not squashing him when I inevitably see him in my garden soon...  I am in Bourne in Lincolnshire Jill - I will try to find where to update it. 

24/10/2012 at 22:01

Everbody- avoid Kesteven South-they have giant slugs as big as your hand

24/10/2012 at 22:12

We have huge bright orange slugs, some bigger than that in Dordogne. In the Pyrenees there were huge black  and dark grey slugs 6" long. But it's the common little grey ones that do all the damage to hostas and in the veg garden.

25/10/2012 at 05:54

Aaargh, we're expecting visitors from Bourne this weekend  I shall fumigate their car and put it through the car wash!

We have the big bright orange ones here too Lizzie (Arion Ater - the same as the big black ones).  You're right, they don't damage much at all, and they eat the little grey slugs, so I let them be.  Late this summer they were fornicating all over my back lawn in the early mornings!

25/10/2012 at 09:32

After the nonsense about the Spanish slugs (and the article was about as scientifically stupid as one can get) I looked at the slugs which I often see on my early morning walks. I found at least a dozen longer than 6 inches and one which was 8 inches long. These were all the brown/black (same species by the way) ones. As said they are carnivorous. they eat other slugs. I think the British record is 16 inches long by the way, but not sure about that.

25/10/2012 at 13:17

are boasting what a big slug you have?

25/10/2012 at 20:39

Glad to say they were  down the Lane, not sure I would like to tread on one in the garden in the dark!

25/10/2012 at 20:46
They don't look too big when they are dried up!!!!!
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