Animal Species:Leopard Slug

This is the largest of the introduced slugs found in Sydney.

Leopard Slug Limax maximus

Matthew Bulbert © Australian Museum

Standard Common Name

Leopard Slug

Identification

The name Leopard Slug is derived from the slug's dark spots on its light brown body.

Size range

20 cm

Distribution

The Leopard Slug is found throughout Australia.

Habitat

The Leopard Slug is foun in urban areas.

Feeding and Diet

The Leopard Slug feeds on dead animal tissue, cat food and pet faeces.

Mating and reproduction

Slugs and snails are hermaphrodites, having both male and female reproductive organs. When they mate, Leopard Slugs become entwined and lower themselves from their branch on a thread of mucus to exchange sperm. After the exchange has taken place they return via the mucous thread, eating it as they go.

Classification

Species:
maximus
Genus:
Limax
Family:
Limacidae
Order:
Pulmonata
Class:
Gastropoda
Phylum:
Mollusca
Kingdom:
Animalia

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