Redwood Forest and Banana Slugs

Banana Slug (note the eye stalks)

Banana Slug (note the eye stalks)

Banana Slug and Golden Cap Mushroom

Banana Slug and Golden Cap Mushroom

Banana Slug on Turkey Tail Mushrooms

Banana Slug on Turkey Tail Mushrooms

Cute Banana Slug Sign

Cute Banana Slug Sign

Banana Slug Chocolates

Banana slugs are native to forests of the Pacific Northwest and northern California.  They are active during the rainy winter months, and hibernate during the dry summer.  Students at the University of California-Santa Cruz made “Sammy the Slug” their team mascot in 1981.  In May 2004, Reader’s Digest named it the best college mascot!  Scientists are currently studying slug slime, because its adhesive and lubrication properties are a marvel of nature.  Engineers are even working on robo-slugs.  More fascinating info is at:  http://ww2.kqed.org/science/2015/02/17/banana-slugs-secret-of-the-slime/  Another interesting article is at:  https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/guest-blog/he-slimed-me/

The Chancellor of the University of California-Santa Cruz sent out this wonderful holiday message in December 2015:  “May the holidays and New Year shine bright on you and yours. We are grateful for you, our Banana Slug family.”

About Pam
Richard and Pam lived in the San Francisco Bay Area 14 years (1987-1999 and 2008-2011). They lived in Florida 13 years previously, until returning in July 2011 to present. They hope their photography will encourage you to get out and discover nature's beauty in your own backyard, parks, and wild places. Click on any pictures on this blog to see them full size with additional details.

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