Gastropods

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Banana Slug

Banana Slug, Vancouver Island, BCThe Banana Slug is native to the Pacific Northwest region and can grow to a length of 20 cm, with a few giants reaching up to 25 cm,  making them the second largest slugs in the world, the Limax genus in Europe is the largest. Read More….

 

 

 

Banded Garden Snail

Banded Woodsnail, Vancouver Island, BCThe Banded Garden Snails can have many different shell colors, including yellow, red, pink, & olive. As the name implies, the shell usually sports dark brown bands. However, these may be absent in some morphs. If the bands are present, they can vary between 1 to 5 in number. Read More….

 

 

Black Garden Slug

Black Garden Slug, Vancouver Island, BCThe size of this slug varies, they occasionally reach dimensions of about 25cm at maturity, but usually are under 15cm. The color of this slug is generally black, as its name suggests, but the coloration is quite variable, and it can even be white! Young specimens are brown in color, which gradually change as they reach their mature state. Read More….

 

 

Common Pond Snails

Common Pond Snail, Vancouver Island, BCSnails can be found in many places, like gardens, ponds, forests, and even the ocean. They belong to a group of animals called mollusks, which are related to oysters, clams & other shellfish. They have soft bodies that are protected by a hard shell. Read More….

 

 

Pacific Sideband Snail

The Pacific Sideband Snail has a shell diameter of up to 3.5 cm and is a medium-sized land snail. Its shell has 5 to 6 spirals, with lighter colored thin bands that cross each one. The uppermost swirls are often pale from wear. Shell color ranges from gold to dark brown, and lightning to amber around the shell opening. Read More….

 

 

Robust Lancetooth Snail

The Robust Lancetooth is quite a common snail on the pacific northwest coast, its a very pretty snail, sometimes its called the albino snail because of its white body. This snail is commonly found in forest settings, it spends most of its time under rocks, logs, and moss, or down deep in forest litter. The robust lancetooth snail feeds on slugs, earthworms, and other snails. Read More….     

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Spotted Leopard Slug

Spotted Leopard Slug, Vancouver Island, BC
Spotted Leopard Slug, Vancouver Island, BC, photo by Bud Logan

Spotted Leopard slugs can reach more than 20cm in length. They vary in color from yellow to gray or brown with black spots on the mantle near the head and black stripes extending along the rest of the body.  There is a breathing pore on the back part of the mantle that this slug uses to breathe. Limax maximus, known as the spotted leopard slug, is an invasive, terrestrial member of the phylum Mollusca. Some other common names include tiger slug and great grey slug. Recognizable by its black spots and its gray body coloration. Read More….

 

 

Yellow Bordered Tail Dropper Slug

The yellow bordered tail dropper slug (Prophysaon Flioatum) is a very cool looking gastropod for sure. They are the largest tail dropper we have on Vancouver Island. When these slugs are attacked by a beetle, snake, or other predators, they have the ability to drop up to 1/3 of their tail and escape. Apparently, they produce a large amount of slime at the head area that makes these predators attack them in the tail area. Read More….

 

Yellow Bordered Tail Dropper, Vancouver Island, BC
Yellow Bordered Tail Dropper, Vancouver Island, BC, photo by Bud Logan

Snails and slugs inhabit all of Vancouver Island – from alpine meadows to old growth coniferous forests, and from valley lowlands to urban gardens & parks. You can see large ones after a rain or late at night when there is dew, but as a rule, most snails & slugs are tiny, and stay hidden under rocks & garden debris.
Snails and slugs belong to a large & diverse group of animals called gastropods, that live in oceans, fresh water, and on land.

Gastropods have a distinct head, with eyes at the end of their tentacles, and a broad, flat foot used for locomotion. Vancouver Island has many fascinating snails and slugs that dwell on both land and water fresh, and salt. They can be quite amazing to observe!

 

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