Wednesday, September 14, 2016

September 14, 2016 - Slugs, A Love Story, a.k.a. Debauchery on the Doorstep

The last few weeks I've had leopard slugs crawling around on my porch, making a scene.  I took a picture of these a few weeks ago, as they slithered up the side of the building looking for a place to mate.

It was late though, and I went to bed before they consummated their relationship.

If you are wondering why I would care, slugs, or at least leopard slugs, have a bizarre reproductive ritual worth seeing.  What is that, you say?  Well, you are in luck, two slugs got busy on my doorstep last night, borrowing my charcoal grill for their midnight (it was actually about 10 PM, maybe) tryst:

The slugs suspend from a string of mucous attached to my charcoal grill:
 They extend their penises:
 And intertwine them:

 They exchange sperm packets
 And separate:
One drops to the ground:

And the other glides up the mucous string and then crawls around on my grill some more.

They then crawl off and lay eggs, which will then hatch and then the baby slugs will terrorize my front porch.

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