Saturday, May 19, 2012
Meet Sluggy T. Sluggerton. I feel like he'd probably say "Allo!" like the little worm guy on Labyrinth if he could speak.
Look at those eyestalks! I wonder what a slug sees exactly? Changes in light levels maybe? I found my little friend hanging out on the lid of the cat food container outside late one evening. Randy is disgusted by slugs so I brought Sluggy in to meet him. You can be sure that Randy was absolutely thrilled!
See that hole on his side? That's what he breathes through. Amazing! I wish the kids had been up so they could see him. Actually, slugs are hermaphrodites, so maybe I should refer to it as "shim".
Slime trail! Don't worry, I disinfected my hands and arm after returning Sluggy to the wilds of our yard. I showed the kids the photos the next day, and we looked up the anatomy of a slug on Wikipedia. Did you know that they have teeth? I never thought about that until Elliot asked me if slugs bite.
By 11-ish at night, Sluggy is beating me out in the photogenic department!
My mom was a middle grades science teacher for a good portion of her teaching career. It is rumored that she once had a roach fall from the ceiling of her classroom. When the roach's acrobatics interrupted her lesson, she calmly leaned down and picked it up (barehanded?) while exclaiming, "Ah, a specimen!"