- Sep 10, 2019
I am interested in getting some and making an attempt at a colony. How does one care for them? How much space is needed?
as they seem to need a consistent, cool (50-60F) temperature
Sort of hard to miss it. My job was emptying the cat potty every AM. Out where I dumped it the slugs would have cleared away yesterdays offerings and cruising around waiting for breakfast. I don't know what their normal diet consists of but omniverous detrivores going for the most concentrated organic materials seems pretty logical.Interesting you've noticed this
Where in California? There are specimens in the Palomar Mountain I believe which might do better at human room temperature.Though i've read the accounts of how banana slugs do poorly in captivity due to excessive heat, I also know of people who have kept/keep the California species without any sort of cooling device and without problems. I know someone who currently has several california banana slugs doing well at room temperatues in the low 70's. Though all banana slugs come from relatively cool montane habitats and escape summer heat by going underground, for that reason I suspect that banana slugs from populations in warmer climates are hardier and worth looking into.
I'm not sure but I don't think they're from Palomar Mountain though that does seem to be the southernmost extent of their range.Where in California? There are specimens in the Palomar Mountain I believe which might do better at human room temperature.