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Subject: slug
Location: South Africa
March 3, 2014 5:14 am
Hello.
I recently found this guy cruising around the backyard just before sunrise. I estimate the size to be 8cm long and about 4cm thick. I have never seen slugs like this before. Do you have any idea what type of slug this is?
Signature: Em

Slug

Leather Leaf Slug

Dear Em,
Slugs belong to the phyllum Mollusca and most members of the class are univalves and bivalves that live in the water, including snails, clams, oysters and mussels.  Octopi and squid are also molluscs.  Slugs are classified in the class Gastropoda.  The PHotographs of South Africa blog has some images that look similar to your slug, but lacking the stripe down the center of the body.  We are going to try to contact Susan Hewitt to see if she can provide any information.

Thank you very much for the help. I hope she knows and I get to see more – very pretty!
Em

Susan Hewitt responds:  Leather Leaf Slug
Hi Daniel and Em. This rather handsome, large land slug is a “leather leaf” slug in the family Veronicellidae — the mantle completely covers the body. However I don’t know enough to be able to tell you which genus or species it is. It may possibly be an introduced species in your area.

Thanks so much Susan! I do hope to see more around, very unusual slug. Regards.
Em

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Subject: Florida land snails
Location: Florida
January 25, 2014 2:35 pm
My sister was given two land snails to care for. She said that they were collected in Florida. That’s all I know. I want to be sure these are not pest species, and secondly, if she decides to care for them I need to know what they might eat. Thanks.
Signature: Bruce

Snail From Florida

Snail From Florida

Hi Bruce,
We can post this request this morning, but we haven’t the time to research it right now, but we will try to identify your Snails later.  We have to confess that we don’t know much about Molluscs, but we do have a reader, Susan J. Hewitt, who frequently identifies Snails for us.  Perhaps she will read the posting and provide a comment.

Snail From Florida

Snail From Florida

Another Snail from Florida

Another Snail from Florida

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Subject: Slup sp.
Location: Vancouver Island, Canada
November 11, 2013 12:46 pm
Photo of a Slug sp. taken on Vancouver Island, Canada in September 2013.
Signature: GaryT

Banana Slug

Banana Slug

Hi GaryT,
We apologize for the extremely late response, but our tiny staff finds it impossible to respond to all the mail we receive.  It is a bit slower now that most of North America is frozen, so we are going through our unanswered mail to locate some beautiful photographs to postdate to go live in mid-January while we are away from the office.  This is a Banana Slug in the genus
Ariolimax.  The common name refers to both the yellow color (often mottled with brown like an overly ripe banana) and the large size.  There are three species along the Pacific Coast, and we believe you might have Ariolimax columbianus which is picture on Encyclopedia of Life

Hi Daniel,
No problem with the delay, i was not actually expecting an answer, hoping maybe!!! Thank you very much indeed for your help, it is much appreciated. I hope you are all safe and warm, while the cold snap is happening!
Thanks again, be safe. ATB

Our WTB? offices are in Los Angeles and the weather is fine, though today it was cloudy most of the day.

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Hi Daniel,
Once again, greetings from Goa, India.
I am attaching three images here of two very pretty snails from Bali. Feel free to use them if you would like! And if you do know what kinds they are, I would be grateful!
Cheers
Sucheta
P.S. – I am about to order your book on Amazon! Will let you know once it arrives.

Snail

Hi Sucheta,
We must confess that identifying snails is not our strength, but we attempted to do some research.  We found your yellow snail and possible the other Snail on My Growing Passion, but they are not identified.  Bali for Kids also has a photo of your yellow snail, but it is not identified.  We eventually found a FlickR page where it is identified as
Tropis bekicot, but we cannot verify that name.  Perhaps Susan Hewitt will see this post and write in with a comment.

Snail

 

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Subject: Slug from Lesser Antilles
Location: Saint Martin, West Indies
January 18, 2013 6:18 am
Hi.
I wonder if you might know anyone who could identify this slug. It’s from Saint Martin in the Lesser Antilles. The more common slug here is the Caribbean leatherleaf (Sarasinula plebeia), which is very different in appearance.
Thanks!
Signature: Marc AuMarc

Slug

Hi Marc,
Though we do not know the answer, we are posting your image.  Susan J. Hewitt often writes in to identify our Molluscs.  We would recommend that you either monitor this posting on a regular basis or even better, provide a comment to the posting so that you will be informed of future activity with the posting.

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Subject: Creature from Italy
Location: Rome (Italy)
December 29, 2012 5:07 am
Hi bugman,
My sister found this creature on her balcony. Looks like a slug, but I have never seen one with this head. It looks like an alligator or a dragon.
Do you know what this is?
Thank you, as always, for your help!
Signature: Saverio

Slug

Hi Saverio,
You should have trusted your instincts.  This really is a Slug, and we are very curious how it got up to your sister’s balcony as they like to maintain contact with damp earth.  We love the Happy New Year greeting.

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