European red slug

We came upon this large red slug one evening and because of the hole in its head we at first thought it was a Leopard Slug. After a bit of research, we discovered that it was actually a European Red Slug. The hole is a pneumostome (breathing pore). We were familiar with the Leopard Slug from watching a horrifying video [NSFW] about its mating habits. For a tamer version, you can watch a clip of the original BBC documentary. The documentary is still horrifying, but the commentary is different.

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4 Responses to European red slug

  1. Ann says:

    I don’t know whether to laugh or cry…the first video was as funny as it was…horrific…LOL.

    I suppose I have to offer you my sympathy if you have these in your garden. I remember the Leopard slugs from my time spent in Victoria, BC. Are they also as big as the Leopards?

    Our slugs are very pedestrian in comparison, something I’m grateful for.

    • robin says:

      I’ve seen that clip several times now, and I feel like it’s a train wreak but I can’t stop watching. Or giggling. Or having my eyes bulge out of my head. :D

      We have the European red slug all over our place but I haven’t seen the Leopard slug on it yet. We’ve seen Leopard slug other places though. Both slugs grow to about the same size. Usually the slugs we get are a bit smaller then the one in the picture.

  2. ..european..I was expecting the slug to have darkened/tinted glasses and a scarf.

    gross! ( not glasses and scarves )

  3. Lynn says:

    OMG! I watched that first video. OMG is all that I can say. That was nasty, It was slimy! And huge compared to the slug’s body! OMG is all that I can say! My eyes were bulging out of my head! I never made it to the giggly place, it was too weird and ughhhhh, nasty! Both slugs are both sexes!!! I guess they don’t have to be picky in choosing a mate…. Yuck, I feel slimy now! Maybe I’ll have to go back and watch the train wreck again….

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