sexscapades - Leopard Slugs reproducing
Slugs have got to be the most hated creatures on the planet.
These slimy creatures are viewed by most of us as pests and we feel no guilt in
employing any method to destroy them.
But do they deserve their reputation?
Or are they just misunderstood?
Garth Coupland is a slug enthusiast who
thinks we should learn to hug the slug.
He loves them and their habitats.
Old damp underpasses and patches of wet mossy grass at car lay-bys are his favourite
Love your slugs
Garth tries to persuade die
hard gardeners not to kill the slugs in their gardens.
He offers alternative
ways of controlling them.
creatures - two slugs entwined|
Garth suggests avoiding using
slug pellets that make a garden into a 'poisoned desert'.
is nothing more than old salad.
The slugs prefer the rotten leaves and
are distracted from any precious plants.
Garth Coupland also rescues a
Large Black Slug, Arion ater.
He points out, not only its innocence in
the crimes against plants, but the real benefits that this creature brings to
Slugs also eat dog and cat poo.
We also go in search of the most exciting slug encounter in Garths
informed opinion - the bizarre and twisted sex life of the Leopard Slug.
we have to be patient - it only happens on one night a year around two in the
morning and its not easy finding them.
passion - two Leopard Slugs get frisky!|
Only after a second
year, of torchlight searching, did we find a couple of Leopard Slugs in the mood.
And they didnt disappoint.
On a tree trunk they circle each
other forming a pad of slime.
They both entwine, dropping together from
a bungee rope of mucus.
Hanging there, upside down their genitalia explode
out of their heads.
These also entwine and develop into a throbbing flower-like
Inside they exchange sperm - the culmination of a beautiful
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