Terrestrial Gastropod Mollusk

Other Earthy Inhabitant

Oh, all right, it’s a slug.  I didn’t figure “Slug” as a title would capture anyone’s attention! This fellow was traveling along the Pipeline Lake Trail near the mushroom in my previous post.  Like Hobbits, slugs apparently also fancy mushrooms for breakfast, second breakfast, elevenses, and so forth.  These creatures are not indigenous to Alaska but migrated to the pacific northwest from Europe!  They likely came to Cordova, Alaska on a barge from Washington state.  They are now well established in our area and are frequently found munching in our neighbor’s flowerbed.  While they are quite prolific here, they are not without predators.  The local Episcopal priest states that her pet terrapins enjoy them for a snack when they take walks in her back yard!

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