The Banana Slug is not a Mythical Creature

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OK, so I never actually believed that they were a mythical creature, but it took me so long to actually find one after moving to Santa Cruz that I had great fun telling those who didn’t know better that they were figment of the collective local imagination. Courtney, who had seen them before, always sighed, rolled her eyes, and reassured whatever unwitting soul I happened to be talking with at the moment that they did exist, and that I should absolutely not be taken seriously. On this point, I cannot disagree with her, but I must have been somewhat convincing because her mom actually sounded surprised when a friend finally pointed one out to me and I managed to snap a picture of it. She actually made me send her the picture because she didn’t believe me.

A few banana slug facts:

  • They are native to the Northwest
  • The are HUGE! Some have reached 10 inches in length, and weights of a quarter of a pound.
  • They were almost the official mollusk of California. Yes, the legislature actually voted in the noble slug, but the Governor vetoed it.
  • They are the official mascot of UC Santa Cruz.

Banana Slug

Banana Slug


4 thoughts on “The Banana Slug is not a Mythical Creature

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  2. That is just crazy big. It would be almost scary to meet one! Do they live anywhere besides California?

    Thanks for the awesome pics.

  3. Tom, I can answer that for you, if you ever see this.

    Banana slugs are found all along the forests of the Pacific coast, stretching from southern Alaska to Santa Cruz. I live near the coast of Oregon, and the banana slugs here just as big, if not as colorful, as the ones in Santa Cruz. They look more like the second picture, but with black spots. They look more like rotton bananas here!

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