It’s a detrivore!

We squirrels though we’d heard most words associated with nature, but this one was a new one on us. Here’s what I–Nutmeg–was looking up:

Biggest Slug

Yep, a slug. The slug itself isn’t a detrivore; it’s a Limax maximus, which means ‘biggest slug’, but detrivore is a group, like herbivore and carnivore. Detrivores clean up dead stuff and fungi.

And we all know slugs do that. They hang out in the garden, the compost, any place damp.

But back to the slug–We’re sure you’ve seen them and this big guy, sometime called the Leopard Slug, is the common kind where we live, Virginia. We discovered this species was brought over from Europe, where it’s not always associated with human dwellings, but in the U.S. it is.

Which prompts two questions for our readers:

Do you have the Biggest Slug where you live?

Have you ever seen one away from human habitation?

Ok, maybe three questions If you don’t have this slug, what slugs do you have?


2 thoughts on “It’s a detrivore!

  1. Ooh, a new term! I like it. Not sure what slugs we have as they make themselves pretty scarce. I should make a point of looking.

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