Absolutely enormous slug

I saw a slug on the pavement a couple of doors down from my house today that was so big that when I put it in my hand, it reached from where the palm joins the wrist, right up to the middle of my fingers.  It was the diameter of a banana!  I have never seen anything like it.  I am guessing that this is the dreaded Spanish Slug that I have read about that has invaded the UK and is wreaking havoc throughout the country - I can certainly see why!  God only knows how us organic gardeners are going to deal with these monsters...


  • Caz WCaz W Posts: 1,353

    Don't know what it was Lunarz, but I can't believe you put it on your handimage.

  • LunarzLunarz Posts: 93

    image me neither!

  • hollie hockhollie hock Posts: 3,294


    they truly are disgusting creatures, I've had some whoppers this year but nothing like that.

    I'm sure Shaun Hudson wrote a horror novel titled "Slugs"

  • You put in yor hnand?????????????

  • Lunarz ,

    Please could you add your nearest town ,thank you J

  • LunarzLunarz Posts: 93

    I'm always picking them up - putting them in the green bin or in the hedgehog bowls.  But this one was a bit too big even for me!  I was so tempted to tread on it, but I couldn't bring myself too so I just examined it and put it back down again ...

  • sotongeoffsotongeoff Posts: 9,806

    Banana slug



  • LunarzLunarz Posts: 93

    That's about it sotongeoff!  Apart from this one had a yellow tummy. Little buggers!  I hope I don't regret my kindness in not squashing him when I inevitably see him in my garden soon...  I am in Bourne in Lincolnshire Jill - I will try to find where to update it. 

  • sotongeoffsotongeoff Posts: 9,806

    Everbody- avoid Kesteven South-they have giant slugs as big as your handimage

  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 11,929

    We have huge bright orange slugs, some bigger than that in Dordogne. In the Pyrenees there were huge black  and dark grey slugs 6" long. But it's the common little grey ones that do all the damage to hostas and in the veg garden.

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 42,870

    Aaargh, we're expecting visitors from Bourne this weekend image I shall fumigate their car and put it through the car wash!

    We have the big bright orange ones here too Lizzie (Arion Ater - the same as the big black ones).  You're right, they don't damage much at all, and they eat the little grey slugs, so I let them be.  Late this summer they were fornicating all over my back lawn in the early mornings!

    Gardening is cheaper than therapy, and you get tomatoes. 
  • BerghillBerghill Posts: 2,807

    After the nonsense about the Spanish slugs (and the article was about as scientifically stupid as one can get) I looked at the slugs which I often see on my early morning walks. I found at least a dozen longer than 6 inches and one which was 8 inches long. These were all the brown/black (same species by the way) ones. As said they are carnivorous. they eat other slugs. I think the British record is 16 inches long by the way, but not sure about that.

  • are boasting what a big slug you have?image

  • BerghillBerghill Posts: 2,807

    Glad to say they were  down the Lane, not sure I would like to tread on one in the garden in the dark!

  • NoweedNoweed Posts: 5
    They don't look too big when they are dried up!!!!!
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