Sea slug from Indiana?

November 23, 1999
From: LV

Okay, this obviously has nothing to do with sea slugs, but it is a slug...i think. I live in Indiana. This evening I noticed a large slug on my front door. It is about 3-4 inches long, and and tan body with black stripes. The head is also tan colored, but had black spots. I find it unusual to see it considering the chilly 40F outside!

Can you please tell me a little more about this creature?

Dear LV,
I really can't deal with snails and slugs worldwide but from your description I suspect you may have Limax maximus of which there is a photo on the "what isn't a sea slug" page.

Often the back half of the body has stripes rather than spots. We call it the Leopard Slug in Australia. It is a European species which has been introduced to many parts of the world. It is more of a carnivore than a herbivore, preferring cat and dog food, to more natural foods.

If your slug doesn't look like the photo then I suggest you try your local museum. As much as I admire your attitude, I really haven't the time, or the knowledge, to take on all the world's molluscs.
Best wishes,
Bill Rudman.


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