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June 25, 2010 at 10:56am

SUCK ON SUMMER GOODNESS: SlugFest

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THIS KIND OF FREAKS ME OUT >>>

Here are some facts about slugs:

  1. Number of eggs one gray garden slug can lie in a year: 400
  2. As hermaphrodites, slugs have both male and female sex organs which allow any two to mate.
  3. Speed: 2 feet in 43 seconds. Man can run a 100 yard dash in less than 10 seconds; it would take a slug almost 2 hours.
  4. Slugs are territorial and will attack caterpillars and other slug "intruders"  ... at very slow speeds.
  5. Many predators-birds, squirrels, and mice stay away from slugs and snails because of their horrible taste.
  6. When slugs' teeth wear out new rows move forward and replace them, conveyor-belt style.
  7. Favorite foods include: strawberries, leafy plants, and some root vegetables.
  8. Only 5 percent of the slug population appears above ground at any time.
  9. In heavily infested fields there are approximately nine slugs per square foot. This means 392,040 slugs per acre. Slug cycle their feeding habits so that only 20 percent are feeding at any given time.
  10. Slugs don't think it's funny when humans pretend to be slugs, especially when humans wiggle into leatherette sleeves with no armholes and race on a slimed tarp as spectators sing the slug anthem during SlugFest at Northwest Trek.

SlugFest

Saturday, June 26-Sunday, June 27, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., activities free with admission
Northwest Trek, 11610 Trek Dr. E., Eatonville
360.832.6117

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