slugs

Weird Wonders of House Gastropoda

The world of slugs and snails is a grotesque circus of fever-dream horrors and biological marvels. Join Robert and Christian for a six-species dive into their life cycles of slime, iron plating, deadly neurotoxins and more.

Slug Mini Gallery of Wonder and Horror

Explore the beautiful/disgusting world of slugs...

My Slimey Valentine: Slug Sex Revisited

Slug Sex: Whether you're a hopeless romantic or a Valentine's hater, Robert and Julie have quite the episode for you. Prepare to have your mind blown as they expose the daring, disgusting, weaponized, cannibalistic and marathon lovemaking ways of slugs and snails. Originally published in 2013, the episode is now updated with a new page from the slug Kama Sutra that will leave you squirming. Be sure to explore this accompanying mini-gallery for maximum terror. Image Credit: "Slug Sex" by Erica Nelson, woodcut, available for purchase at her MadeOfMarrow Etsy Shop.

Behold a New Entry in the Slug Kama Sutra

We covered the twisted, beautiful sex lives of slugs in our Valentine's Day episode last year. I even made you some lovely cards. But now science has revealed a new position for the amorous gastropods: cephalo-traumatic secretion transfer...

Pooping live garden slugs? Call Science

One 19th century doctor set out to convince people they weren't pooping live slugs and lizards. Read this science post from Robert Lamb to learn the details.

My Slimey Valentine: The Slug Life

My Slimey Valentine: Whether you're a hopeless romantic or a Valentine's hater, Robert and Julie have quite the episode for you. Prepare to have your mind blown as they expose the daring, disgusting, weaponized, cannibalistic and marathon lovemaking ways of slugs and snails.

My Slimy Valentine: The Slug Life

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.

Monster of the Week: The Long One ('Slither')

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.

Do slugs trip on psychedelic mushrooms?

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?

Good Question: How does salt melt a garden slug?

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.