Giant pink slugs were discovered on an Australian mountain, according to a May 30 Yahoo News report. These giant slugs are a very bright fluorescent pink color, and they truly look like something out of a science fiction movie.
Michael Murphy, a ranger with the National Parks and Wildlife Service said,
“As bright pink as you can imagine, that’s how pink they are. On a good morning, you can walk around and see hundreds of them.”
What a unique mountain decoration. Honestly it sounds like some type of strange mountainous Christmas tree decorated with giant pink slugs. These brightly colored slugs are eight inches in link, and they can be found dotting Mount Kaputar, which is a 5,000 foot mountain peak in northern New South Wales.
These shockingly bright slugs are likely leftover from the days that the region was covered in rainforests. Even though Australia no longer has rainforests, Mount Kaputar is home to a large variety of unusual creatures because of the fact that it erupted as a volcano about 17 million years ago. This allowed these unusual inhabitants to remain in a region that typically does not host such creatures.
Not only is Mount Kaputar home to these unusual giant pink slugs, but it is also home to a species of cannibal snail as well. That is certainly an unusual sight to see. What a unique ecosystem this mountain has with all these interesting snails and slugs.