Forget the Sluggo, get the shotgun!

don_in_coloradoMarch 13, 2013

Ah, spring is here, time for some mulching, grass-mowing and-Hey, did you hear that? Sounds like-where's Fido?? Here boy! Aaaaaargh!!

This thing could decimate a mature 'Guacamole' all by itself! Good thing they live in Africa (Although they just found this type in Australia)...I know snails aren't dangerous, but it still kinda gives me the heebie-jeebies!

Don B.

Here is a link that might be useful: African Giant Land Snail Article

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newhostalady Z6 ON, Canada

I'm with you. I wouldn't want to see that in my yard, or anyone else's for that matter!

    Bookmark   March 14, 2013 at 12:10AM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

with that thing.. you could come up with some new kind of torture thru escargot ... lol ...

ken

ps: man o live.. you got the fever bad.. surfing the web for slugs and snails.. lol ....

    Bookmark   March 14, 2013 at 7:22AM
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MadPlanter1 zone 5

I don't mind SEEING it, just keep it away from my garden! At least the shell is pretty, better than an ugly all over slug.

    Bookmark   March 14, 2013 at 9:05AM
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tepelus z6a SW MI

I don't know, sea slugs are pretty cool.

Oh, but I guess you weren't talking about those kind of slugs. ;)

Karen

Here is a link that might be useful: Sea Slug Pictures

    Bookmark   March 14, 2013 at 12:20PM
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cyn427(z7aN. VA)

Well, I guess I will feel pretty lucky this summer if I only have our normal slug damage!

    Bookmark   March 14, 2013 at 9:18PM
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Babka(9b NorCal)

I cringe at the photo! Argggggggggghhhhhhhhh. I get uncomfortable even seeing cement or wire-style snails. Out here they cause so much damage. That jewel would require a sledge hammer for sure.

-Babka

    Bookmark   March 14, 2013 at 9:23PM
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Ludi _PA_7a

Ahhahahahaha Babka you made me laugh out loud :)

"That jewel would require a sledge hammer for sure"

-priceless

    Bookmark   March 14, 2013 at 9:28PM
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Babka(9b NorCal)

:-D

-Babka

    Bookmark   March 14, 2013 at 10:34PM
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don_in_colorado

...And his cousin...

    Bookmark   March 15, 2013 at 1:08AM
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don_in_colorado

I know, Ken........It's pretty ridiculous....

Don B.

    Bookmark   March 15, 2013 at 4:14AM
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don_in_colorado

Babka, that's the funniest thing I've ever heard! I almost hurt myself laughing....AND it's a very practical way to eliminate a major threat to our Hostas, were we ever to have giant snails invading our gardens :)

    Bookmark   March 15, 2013 at 6:55AM
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hostaLes(5)

Don R; do you keep them in terrariums (I'm not sure I spelled that right)? Where do you get them, not that I am ready to change my African cichlid (Lake Tanganyika) tanks over to giant African snails and slugs. Just curious.

Les

    Bookmark   March 15, 2013 at 7:49AM
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don_in_colorado

Oh, I don't own these, Les. A friend told me about the 'Giant Ghanan Land Snail' so I looked it up, not quite believing him that they were THAT big. Ken pretty much summed it up with his comment about me having spring fever so bad, that I was looking up pictures I can associate with warm weather.

I love aquariums, and have a 150 Gallon; Cichlids are great, this is the closest thing I have to an African Cichlid. The stately Angelfish. Most of my fish are Amazon River/Basin natives, with the exception of my Clown Loaches. No way fish should get the boot for land mollusks, even interesting ones.

Don B.

    Bookmark   March 15, 2013 at 8:11AM
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hostaholic2 z 4, MN

Oh man, that cousin gives me the creeps but I really like the slug-hunter with the sledge hammer.

    Bookmark   March 16, 2013 at 10:40PM
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hostaLes(5)

Don B, I'm not going to bore you with telling you my age. I had a breeding pair of Blue Acara whenI was only 10 years old, and after breeding Jack Dempseys, Firemouths, Convicts, and the common Central and South American fare at the time, gravitated to the Lake Malawi cichlids when they'd become available in the hobby in the 1960's. Breeding them financed my building my fish room to 18 tanks. But my largest held a pair of Red Oscars who were more pet than fish. They loved to rub against my hand when I put it in their tank. Oscars are the smartes cichlids I have ever owned from either hemisphere.

Les

    Bookmark   March 17, 2013 at 9:23AM
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leafwatcher(zone 5)

Don I raised African cichlids as well as Bristle nose Pleco's...

ALSO I have a link to SLUG PIC's that will leave you all terrified ! hahahahah

http://imgur.com/a/J2YyS

maybe this is why they invented rock salt for shotguns?

This post was edited by leafwatcher on Sun, Mar 17, 13 at 16:59

    Bookmark   March 17, 2013 at 4:55PM
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bernd ny zone5(5)

I do the gentle approach, have 3 1/2 bottles (each 3 lbs) of Bug-Geta waiting for them. They will leave some slimy trails.
Bernd

    Bookmark   March 17, 2013 at 5:15PM
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