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BUGS

Spotted Garden Slug - Ruston

SPOTTED GARDEN SLUGS

Limax maximus

At A Glance

  • IDENTIFICATION: Large, yellowish gray to brown, black spots on the mantle, black stripes down the body, wrinkled tail
  • COMMONLY CONFUSED WITH: Other slugs
  • DIET: Dead and rotting plants, fungi, and other slugs
  • HABITAT: Moist places in fields, gardens, and forests
  • BREEDING: Lays eggs in fall under debris or in crevices
  • BEHAVIOR: Most active at night; secrete a clear mucus, squirt blood out of breathing hole, vibrate tails on ground to protect against predators
  • THREATS: Birds, hedgehogs, newts, and toads
  • SPECIAL SKILLS: Clean up and pest control
  • SEASONS FOR VIEWING IN NORTH LOUISIANA: Spring, summer, fall, and warmer parts of winter