Limax maximus Click to enlarge image
Leopard Slug, Limax maximus Image: Matthew Bulbert
© Australian Museum

Fast Facts

  • Classification
    Species
    maximus
    Genus
    Limax
    Family
    Limacidae
    Order
    Pulmonata
    Class
    Gastropoda
    Phylum
    Mollusca
    Kingdom
    Animalia
  • Size Range
    20 cm

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

Identification

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

Habitat

The Leopard Slug is found in urban areas.

Distribution

The Leopard Slug is found throughout Australia.

Feeding and diet

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

Breeding behaviours

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.