I was outside today, and I found six slugs underneath a flat rock. I have found garden slugs before that ranged from about a centimeter to a centimeter and a half, but these are huge. The biggest is probably a good 6 or 7 centimeters, and their slime is really sticky. They are really fast too! Bodies are mostly brown, gray, and a bit of black. The measurements may be a bit off, I live in the middle of America. Also they aren't really eating the cucumber I put in the container I'm keeping them in right now, that could help identify but they probably are just picky or have been living off of my garden's lettuce! So, any ideas on species/care needs? I might be able to post a picture later.
EDIT: Also, would I be able to put them in the same tank as my snails? They're CB helix aspersa. And do slugs get mites like snails do?
Last Edit: Jul 31, 2013 15:10:35 GMT by Dumbledore
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It's most likely Deroceras reticulatum, the gray field slug. They're very common in the region. Another common slug is Lehmannia valentiana, the three-banded garden slug. They're brown/rusty and have stripes running down their backs in varying degrees of boldness, although some have none at all. Neither are native to the US, but to Europe.
I don't see why slugs wouldn't be able to get mites like snails, although I've never seen either one with them, so I'm not sure. I also wouldn't keep them with your H. aspersa. Being captive bred, they likely don't have immunity to whatever the slugs could be carrying.
They will possibly carry pests and disease that the captive bred snails can't cope with. If they're exposed from birth they learn to cope but to suddenly be exposed now could be catastrophic for them.
2 Achatina immaculata var. 2 tone: Peppa and George
2 Achatina immaculata var. immaculata: Ben and Holly
2 Achatina reticulata albino: Hermione and Sirius
5 Helix Aspersa
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