Where the slugs go…

The other day my wife, the wonderfully inquisitive women that she is, asked me where the slugs go for winter. I informed her that the answer to that particular question was fascinating and complex. I then preceded to tell her this…

Slugs are in fact far more advanced than most people know. To the average person in slug inhabited areas, they are just gross, slimy creatures that one must avoid stepping on and that eat plants and are generally a nuisance. To those that bother to stop and ask, a slug will in fact present that person with all manner of interesting tidbits and gems regarding the life of slugs. Admittedly, most of the talk centers around the consistency of their mucus or a bit of particularly tasty cabbage they had just finished off early that morning. If one is patient, and asks thoughtful questions, the slug will let on about the underground civilization of slugs.

You see, slugs are actually quite intelligent. Granted they only live a short time, but they have learned to pack a lot of living into that time. You must remember that slugs have been around for many millions of years, and have not changed much in that time physically, so they evolved mentally… They have also become quite adept record keepers, meticulously storing the things that they learn, so that future generations can carry on the work. As a result, the slugs rival us in many technological advances. In others, they surpass us. Slugs maintain small, but highy automated cities deep in the crust of the earth. During the summer, the baby slugs and the old timers (those that have lived one year already) travel through secret passages worn smooth through eons of polishing by slug mucous. They then spend the season lolling about the surface, eating and mating and going about their sluggy business as we expect from them. Then, as suddenly as they appeared in the spring, they are gone. They make the trek down those long tunnels, pulling cocoons of eggs with them and return to their cities.

In the warmth of those underground cities, they tend their machinery, ensure the young hatch and are tended to, and say the final farewells to those that left the mortal coil. They spend the winter warmly nestled away, waiting to emerge into the sunlight of the surface.

I will not describe the details of the cities as they were described to me. I will leave that to you. Remember, just because a creature appears gross, or icky, or hairy, or disgusting, does not mean that it does not have a fascinating story. Stop and ask them.

Cap’m Scott

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10 responses to “Where the slugs go…

  1. Fascinating indeed. I have a mental picture of their cities in mind. It is akin to what humans dream about and depict in science fiction films.

  2. Yes it is, but no cars. They use conveyor belts and micro anti-gravity packs


    “Remember, just because a creature appears gross, or icky, or hairy, or disgusting, does not mean that it has a fascinating story.”

    So you’re saying then that slugs DON’T have a fascinating story?

    Proof reading works.

    Love Me

  4. I reject your reality of proof reading and substitute my own!

  5. Carmen

    ewww… apparently they have learned the ultimate survival skill and do not just eat plants.. but seem to have a fascination with my dog’s dry dog food along with the neighborhood pigeons.

  6. Richard S.

    Actually, they do eat dogfood, can eat some cake, and like many leafy greens. I’ve tried to see their city once before but I got ratted out by George Guls, a good slug enemy of mine.

  7. Max

    Brilliant – I found this post after pausing the 3rd episode of The Event, and responding to my wife’s question ‘where do slugs go in the winter’… She is also fascinatingly inquisitive.. I read her your post and her response was ‘ ah cool, with the moles?’ :-)

  8. I was sitting outside on this chilly fall evening staring at a slug up on my porch and wondering if this is the same slug every night that slides up the three concrete steps and one landing area only to turn around and go back down. I can’t figure out why this or these slugs do this (only one at a time) every night. There’s never been anything to eat. Hmmm. Then I started thinking that the slugs would be gone for the year soon and began contemplating where they might go and here I am. Thanks for that little bit more useless information stored in my brain for no purpose what so ever other than the fact that when I have a question, as random as it might be, I cannot stop looking until I know the answers.
    Now I know. Thanks!!

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  10. Thanku!. That really answers my questions!

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