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giant slugs #727064

Asked September 26, 2020, 1:53 PM EDT

Any I'd? I am used to 1 inch slugs but not this monster. Just around outside of house.

Caroline County Maryland

Expert Response

We are not slug experts and cannot accurately identify the type of slug in your photo. It is possible it may be a spotted garden slug. There are several species of slugs in Maryland and depending upon the species slugs can range in size. For example, the gray garden slug is from 3-5 inches.  
Mild winters followed by wet springs are ideal conditions for population explosions. Slugs grow slowly and generally have a life span of 1 to 5 years.
Take a look at our web page and publications for more information on slugs
https://extension.umd.edu/hgic/slugs-and-snails

Marian

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