Posts Tagged: ‘slugs’

Whether you’re a hopeless romantic or a Valentine’s hater, Julie and I have quite the episode for you today. Prepare to have your mind blown as we explore the daring, disgusting, weaponized, cannibalistic and marathon lovemaking ways of slugs and snails.

Your human romance and love making will feel hopelessly vanilla by comparison.

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We all love slime, at least when its’ dripping from b-movie monsters and comical ghosts, but do we really respect it in all its glory?

In this episode, join Julie and me for a mucus-coated journey through the slime styling of slugs, sea hags and all the fish in the sea. Learn how it not only grosses humans out but also provides locomotion, protection, communication and food for various disgusting (and non-disgusting) creatures.

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Julie and I just recorded three episodes about slugs and slime so the film “Slither” seems a natural destination for this week’s monster. The 2006 horror flick is an excellent mash-up of VHS horror influences and it relishes the monstrous, parasitic lifestyle of its central alien menace.

I’m not gong to layout the life cycle of the Long One as I think the Alien Species Wiki does a pretty fine job of it. But what you have here is your typical biomass-consuming world breaker, with certain similarities to terrestrial slugs and snails. In its primary form, the organism infects its primary host via a needle or dart — perhaps inspired by the “love dart” used by some slug and snail species to flood hormones into a mate. And when the primary decides to reproduce, it uses a pair of tentacle-like organs to impregnate a host.

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So here’s the question: Do slugs trip on psilocybin when they consume it? Because in humans, the substance generates a wide variety of mind-altering effects. Time changes. Reality shifts. Sometimes we feel a deeper connection with the universe and openness to each other.

But what about slugs?

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Like it or not, young children can be real jerks to other organisms. It’s just part of their feeling-out-process with the surrounding world. And that’s a world that includes garden slugs, so the resulting holocaust of salt shakers and slugmelt is inevitable.

So why does salt cause such a disgusting, shriveling, liquifying death in slugs? Here’s the step-by-step simple explanation…

  • Salt crystals come into contact with slug slime and/or environmental moisture
  • Salt crystals dissolve in the liquid to form a salt solution.

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