Wednesday, April 8, 2009

The Valley of Slugs

We had a huge rain today from 5-6 p.m. After it finished, the kids discovered a whole bunch of slugs behind a house on our compound. Tobi was grossed out, but David and Lily really enjoyed them. Sometimes we'll find just one on the sidewalk, but we've never seen so many at once. There were easily 60 that we could see.

From their size (3"-4")it's obvious that they've been around for awhile, but where have they been hiding? Were they underground during the dry season, and now that it's rainy season, they are emerging?

3 comments:

PS (PSanafter-thought) said...

So how cozy did the kids get with the slugs? I remember my sister kissing an earthworm once. Do your slugs have that slug slime?

Josh said...

So gross! Do you remember when we went camping at a state park in MI. It was a forested area, and it had been rainy and there were slugs everywhere! Not as big as the ones you show.

Mary Beth said...

PS, Yes these slugs leave a whitish slime trailing about 12 inches behind them.

Josh, I remember inch-long caterpillars everywhere, but I don't remember slugs.