Photo of slug with eyes showing
August 14, 2009
Hi Folks —
I love your site and thought you might enjoy this photo of a leopard slug in which I can even see the eyes! I found him/her in the undergrowth of my garden outside of Philadelphia, PA in August, where we’ve been having an incredibly wet summer.
Thanks for your good work!
Merion Station, PA
Thanks for sending us your photo of a Leopard Slug, Limax maximus, a species introduced to North America from Europe. Eyesight in Leopard Slugs is quite limited, as the primitive eyes at the stalks of the tentacles are sensitive to light and dark, but not much else. We found a nice Leopard Slug page with basic information, and the Bottlebrush Slug Page created by James K. Sayre has left us with a new appreciation for these lower beasts that proliferate in our garden and eat tender young plants.