However, for various reasons, their enemies are disappearing in many areas. The students' embrace of such a lowly creature was their response to the fierce athletic competition fostered at most American universities. Banana slugs cling to ferns beside trunks streaked with black bear scratches. More Discoveries . The endangered anadromous fish had not been seen there in decades. There are 124 species of terrestrial molluscs (slugs and snails) in Oregon. Banana slugs can grow up to 9.8 inches in length! Except for the beloved banana slug, most native snails and slugs go unnoticed as they feed on plants, fungi, or an array of decaying organic material. It is sometimes said that slugs (especially the Spanish slug) taste bitter and that for this reason, many animals won’t eat them. One species is the second largest terrestrial slug in the world. The Banana Slug, a bright yellow, slimy, shell-less mollusk commonly found on the redwood forest floor, was the unofficial mascot for UC Santa Cruz coed teams since the university's early years. There are 3 species in the genus Ariolimax - the California Banana Slug, Pacific Banana Slug, and Slender Banana Slug; The banana slug is the mascot of the University of California, Santa Cruz. Banana slugs show apophallation, which means after a successful mate the male sex organ, gets amputated. Chainsaws whine in the distance. Compiled from Roth & Sadeghian's checklist, largely making use of their county listings. That is not correct. The Goo (slime) that the Banana Slug secretes can numb the tongue of potential predators. This is one of the main reasons why slug populations are booming. Slugs may be considered endangered in the future. Butano State Park . Slugs as a general species are not considered to be an endangered species. Slugs and snails have many natural predators. In other areas, leopard slugs are feared because they attack native slugs … These animals need to be able to cope with the slug’s mucus, produced in copious amounts when threatened by predation. Now it seems the banana slugs are fewer, while we have an enormous increase in the number of red Arion slugs in the garden (in fact, I don't remember ever seeing them, as a child). Although they can live for 30 years, humphead wrasse are endangered due to overfishing, export trade, and threats to their coral reef habitat. In Europe, this slug is welcome because it is a natural enemy of the Spanish slug. A few are predators. Ed Reschke / Getty Images. Banana Slugs have some persistent and effective predators, including Pacific Giant Salamanders and Northwestern Garter Snakes. Snakes have been found with their mouth stuck shut by slug … All of Van Eck Forest is protected by a conservation easement that guides forest management, allowing sustainable logging but prohibiting development. When I was young I remember lots of large banana slugs, and what we called "Army Slugs" (black-spotted banana slugs), and a similarly large amount of black Arion slugs. Their alien nature can be fascinating — legless hermaphrodites, love darts, tails The leopard slug is present in: North and South America; Asia; South Africa; Australia; New Zealand. Banana slugs aren’t endangered, so you can geotag the locations exactly. ... One such type of endangered slugs is the tiny and colorful blue-grey tail dropper. 5. of 11. Banana Slugs . The male sex organ gets stuck inside the female genitalia and it is self-amputated or the male organ is chewed off by the other.