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The Banana Slug is not just the odd mascot for the UC Santa Cruz athletic teams. It is a real animal with lightning speed and a vicious attack. OK, that's not true, but banana slugs have some unique features:
The Pacific banana slug (Ariolimax columbianus) is considered the second largest of all slugs and can reach lengths of about 10 inches. They survive by eating dirt, animal poop, and dead vegetation. Banana slugs are hermaphrodites, and they reproduce by exchanging sperm with their mate, apparently both partners of the couple can get pregnant. Amazing animals.
We saw three in Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, one trying to commit suicide on a road, and two others near the main park visitors center in the Redwood Grove.
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