Leopard Slug

Scientific Name: Limax maximus

Body Colour: Brown or grey with brown or black spots/blotches

Size: 10-16cm when mature

Habitat: Most commonly associated with broad-leaved woodland, parks and gardens.

Pest Status: Not considered a plant pest. Main diet is fungi and dead plant and animal matter.

Extra Information: Both the mantle and tail are both usually covered in dark botches. The mantle is not banded and often has the appearance of leopard print; whereas the pattern on the tail often forms distinct dark bands. The head and tentacles are brown in colour and lack dark speckles. The sole is uniformly pale and the mucus is colourless and sticky.


Image courtesy of Michal Manas

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