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Leopard Slug by andy
Leopard Slug450h5380

Nikon D5000. 1/100 f11 + Integral Flash, Sigma 105mm Macro lens.

Leopard Slug450h5417

Nikon D5000. 1/60 f11 + Integral Flash, Sigma 105mm Macro lens.

Leopard Slug450h5393

Nikon D5000. 1/60 f11 + Integral Flash, Sigma 105mm Macro lens.

Leopard Slug450h5400

Nikon D5000. 1/60 f11 + Integral Flash, Sigma 105mm Macro lens.

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Nikon D5000. 1/60 f11 + Integral Flash, Sigma 105mm Macro lens.

Nikon D5000. 1/60 f11 + Integral Flash, Sigma 105mm Macro lens.

Leopard Slug (Limax Maximus)

Nikon D5000. 1/100 f13 + Integral Flash, Sigma 105mm Macro lens.

Also known as the Great Grey Slug and a great Latin name to match, it is a keel back slug meaning it has a keeled back. A very attractively marked slug, if you can think of a slug as attractive. The adults can reach up to 20cm in length, I would like to film the mating of this slug as they hang from a tree from a long thick thread of mucus which can measure 16inches in length and then mate hanging in the air. I would love this slug in my garden but would not want my wife to kill them with slug pellets, although they have been observed eating slug eggs and slugs in the wild so could be beneficial in your garden. I have only ever found this species hiding under logs and loose bark in dark damp areas of forests. The slug in the picture above was found on a damp day found at Crab Wood Ancient Woodland at Farley Mount, Winchester in Hampshire, UK. This is the best photographs I have taken so far of this species and I did enjoy filming this fascinating slug and returned it to where I found it inside a curled birch bark, which was laying on the forest floor.

Crab Wood, Farley Mount, Winchester, Hampshire, UK. Nikon 07/07/12.