Last night, as Spenser was walking back from the toilet to our trailer, a pair of inconspicuous slugs caught his eye. As we sat mesmerized, we were not prepared for the other-wordly experience we were in for… This further confirms our supposition that Squamish is undoubtedly a magical forest.
Enjoy the weirdness of nature- you just can’t make this sh*t up! 🙂
The slugs continue to crawl closer to each other…
Then, things start to get really wild… (apologies in advance for the photo quality!)
After the mating has commenced, the slugs disconnect themselves and go their separate ways. After doing a bit of research, these slugs are Limax maximus species (literally “great slug”), common names include the great grey slug or leopard slug, for obvious reasons. The hermaphroditic slug is native to Europe, but was introduced to North America in the 19th century. It is invasive and has been known to push out poor indigenous Banana Slugs! 🙁
Not surprisingly, they are known for their very unusual & distinctive mating method.
For more on these slugs, see the Wikipedia page.