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Banana Slug

Ariolimax columbianus

Description:

Banana slugs look like rotten bananas, hence the name "banana slug". The Columbianus variety are yellow with black spots.

Habitat:

"Ariolimax columbianus is native to the forest floors along North America's Pacific coastal coniferous rainforest belt (including redwood forests) which stretches from Southeastern Alaska to Santa Cruz, California."

Notes:

"Banana slugs have been used as food by Yurok Indians of the North Coast and by German immigrants in the 19th and early 20th centuries. A yearly festival and contest is held at Russian River (California) including slug races and a contest for recipes - though, even when fed corn meal to purge them or soaked in vinegar to remove slime, the slugs' flavor is not always well regarded, and the most successful entries are often those in which the flavor is unnoticeable."

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Glanecia
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Glanecia

Washington, USA

Spotted on Jul 24, 2011
Submitted on Dec 24, 2012

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