Grasslands

Beautiful Slugs. Yes. Beautiful Slugs on the Dry Hill.

Above this dry hill, the hawks roam. On its crest, the Saskatoons are blooming around old wetlands. The water is just over the hill.

Lower down, the water comes in rain now, and runs down deer trails, to collect in the footprints of deer coming and going on their mysterious business.

Remember, it’s a dry hill.

But four days after a rain, the deer footprint is still wet, as you can see below, and there’s a slug in it, guarding its eggs.

It is truly a beautiful world.

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  1. But they should beware the leopard slug: “Limax maximus is omnivorous. It is a detrivore, cleaning up dead plants and fungi,[5] and a carnivore known to pursue other slugs at a top speed of 15 centimetres (6 in) per minute.” Hugh Griffith notes: “The Great Grey Slug of Europe is a voracious garden pest, and the fastest of our slugs. It is able to crawl four times faster than the Banana Slug, perhaps 6 inches in a minute. Not only will it devour many species of plant, this slug is also a predator who will stalk and eat other slugs. I have not witnessed this, but have seen footage of cheetahs chasing gazelles. It is probably similar, but much slower.” Don’t worry, Harold, I think you could outrun the one guarding her eggs.

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    • Thank you for the great information! I can only add this: her grey relatives devour my strawberries. There, the real race is on!

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