Jun 03 2013

Mary’s Monday Metazoan: Does Australia have to weird everything?

I have no problem with slugs, adorable creatures. Twenty centimeter long slugs, great, I grew up with those. But hot pink twenty centimeter slugs is going a little far.



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    Salt. Lots and lots of salt!

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    They’re good with ketchup too.


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    I’m sure little girls will just adore this slug since it’s hot pink.

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    Anthony K

    That’s some fucked-up pipe. I see the choke, but where do you pack the weed?

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    Pierce R. Butler

    Does Australia have to weird everything?

    Do you have to ask?

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    I’ve heard of banana slugs before – this appears to be a jalapeno slug.

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    Given that it’s Australian, the thing will probably melt your skin if you touch it or its got some big, nasty teeth it will use to chew your leg off, immobilizing you so that it can then use its slime to melt your skin.

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    The bright color usually means, “You’ll remember what I look like when you are barfing your gut out.”

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    Apparently, Australia’s just Evolution’s dumping ground for “unspeakably bizarre stuff”…


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    A. R

    Am I the only one who thinks this has a strong resemblance to a certain portion of male canid anatomy?

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    It looks surprisingly like a denizen of my sock drawer.

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    I have a lot problems with slugs. Adorable? Certainly not when they crawl into your vegetable patch and ruin overnight everything you were growing there for last month or so. They might move slowly, but their destructive power in garden shall not be underestimated. Nasty little buggers, all of them. If they were pink here in middle europe, they would at least be easier to spot and pick up.

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    Any pictures of hot pink slugs having sex?

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    I have never seen large slugs here in the States but I have seen them in Europe. My brother and I were on a bicycle camping tour at the time. One of these monsters left a huge slime trail across my HushPuppy shoe one night and we saw a herd of them crossing the highway near Basel Switzerland. (HushPuppy Shoes? I know…I’m old.)

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    They’re scared of people shaking sauce bottles at them :-)

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    Keep an eye on it and it’ll evolve into the next KenHam before your very eyes.

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    Since it’s so cute ‘n’ pink it would be a fabulous KenHam, ahhaha.

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    Alethea Kuiper-Belt

    That *isn’t* Ken Ham? Oops, my bad.

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    Wowbagger, Designated Snarker

    “Hey, want to see my 20cm long hot pink Australian slug?”
    “Is that a pickup line?”

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    Right here, right now, I’ll protest that evolution site getting all huffy about blue tongued skinks/lizards. They’re marvellous critters. I lived for over 30 years on a large house block and never saw a single snail in our garden. There were at least three families of blue tongues scattered about and they did all the work. And they were quite fun to live with as well. (Though we had the good sense never to plant strawberries in the ground. We might not have had such a good opinion then.)

    Though I’ll confess that pink slug is pretty spectacular.

  22. 22

    Does Australia have to weird everything?

    Well. No.
    It doesn’t have to.
    It does it for pleasure.
    “Some of the sheep.”
    Wise words. Words to live by.

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    This is a special Drag slug, created by mother nature for the Gay Mardi Gras in Sydney. It planned to march down Oxford street to some dance music but got lost in a veggie patch at the Botanic gardens on the way and hasn’t been seen since. Rumour has it that it’s trail is easy to follow.

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    gobi's sockpuppet's meatpuppet

    It’s the Mongolian Death Worm! In Australia!

    You can get a plush version from one of my favourite artists:


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    Ogvorbis: Still failing at being human.

    Australian, huh? But can it kill you?

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    gobi's sockpuppet's meatpuppet

    Everything in Australia can kill you – some just take longer.

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    Wow. I totally thought it would be a case of “Bright colour = poison” but looking at it again it really does look a lot like a fallen red eucalyptus leaf.


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    There’s a whole series of these slugs up the east coast of Australia, with some fairly cool phenotypic variation. The hot pink ones (obviously) on Mt Kaputar, then where we lived in Brisbane a standard slug-colour but with a red triangle (where the remnants of its snail shall/mantle is), some bright yellow ones on some other mountains, and some with racing stripes. Geographically discrete, but no one has ever bothered to work out how discrete, whether they interbreed (or are distinct species) or whether there is a correlation between coloration and habitat. It’s screaming out for a student project (all you yanks with money!)!

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    Everything in Australia can kill you – some just take longer.

    Disappointingly, or not depending on your point of view, the animal that kills most people in Australia – is the horse.

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    *other than humans

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    Everything in Australia can kill you – some just take longer.


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    Disappointingly, or not depending on your point of view, the animal that kills most people in Australia – is the horse.

    Of course, of course.

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    G’day, Slug-Bruce. or is it Slug-Sheila ? it’s hard for me to tell.

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    Charly #13 — Just put used coffee grounds around your garden in the rows and maybe around some particular plants. That worked for me when I had a garden. You may have to renew them from time to time when they get too dry and are blown away.

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    C’mon, we have these guys all over and 20cm is a piker.

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    Love it!

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