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Tropical Leatherleaf Slug

Laevicaulis alte


This is the biggest and strangest slug I've ever seen - dark brown with an orange stripe down its back and a tiny head that it could retract like a turtle's. It was on the path outside my workplace. I took a pic of it next to a 50c coin to give you an idea of the size (see shot 5). If it had been in the garden I never would have seen it, and even on the path I thought it was a leaf at first - then I realised it was too solid so I got down close and realised what it was!! According to my book 'Wildlife of Greater Brisbane: A Queensland Museum Wild Guide' this slug has been introduced to Australia from southern Asia and is present in WA, NT and Queensland.

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ShannaB 8 years ago

Me neither Martin! It took me ages to find an ID because I was looking for 'slugs of Queensland' on the net - it doesn't come up in any sort of search like that because it's introduced. I didn't even THINK to look for introduced slugs. It wasn't until I went to my trusty hard copy of 'Wildlife of Greater Brisbane' that I found it.

MartinL 8 years ago

That's fascinating Shanna. I was not aware of this creature even existing.

ShannaB 8 years ago

Thanks Lenny. It was just on dusk.

LennyWorthington 8 years ago

Nice shots Shanna
This is quite common here in Thailand.
You were lucky to see in the day,They are usually nocturnal.

ShannaB 8 years ago

It was the first time for me too, Lauren!

LaurenZarate 8 years ago

This is amazing! Great find. Never saw this before.

ShannaB 8 years ago

Thanks Leanne and Gerardo! I was very excited when I saw it. I was actually running late getting home from work, but I spent quite some time photographing it and then rescuing it and putting it way back in the garden so no one trod on it.

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Gerardo Aizpuru 8 years ago

Wow fantastic great series :)

LeanneGardner 8 years ago

Wow! It's huge Shanna! What a great find, I'll bet you couldn't believe your eyes.

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