Spotted Leopard Slugs Mating
April 21, 2010
I snapped these photos of a pair of what I think are Spotted Leopard Slugs doing the wild thing hanging from a thick strand of slime attached to the side of my house. At one point, there were two males trying to get to the female, but one fell off. This was the end result. A gooey sky blue slime wad. I never knew slugs mated like that! I thought maybe you could use this for your site.
Keep up the great work! I slug-love What’s That Bug!
The mating positions of these hermaphroditic Spotted Leopard Slugs is positively salacious. All slugs are hermaphrodites, so you are mistaken in believing that the third member in the encounter was a male. The close-up photograph you included is quite graphic, and viewers should exercise caution before reading more. Several years ago we posted a photo of Spotted Leopard Slugs mating and that letter sparked quite a controversy. You can read about it on our archive.