Banana slug care

hecklad

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I am interested in getting some and making an attempt at a colony. How does one care for them? How much space is needed?
 

Poonjab

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Look up environment. Mimic. Give them at least 10 gallon tank.
 

Arthroverts

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Ariolimax have a poor record in captivity as they seem to need a consistent, cool (50-60F) temperature, which is usually unattainable without a wine fridge. I have a friend who is working with them currently, let me see what he says (or I'll tag him on here as soon I find his username...).

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Arthroverts
 

MasterOogway

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as they seem to need a consistent, cool (50-60F) temperature

^^ This. They will slowly perish at temperatures above 60ish. I've not had success keeping them in any kind of temperature above that for prolonged periods of time, they just stop eating, shrink up, and die.
 

The Snark

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You can contact Humboldt State University for info as they have extensively studied them and their native habitat. In addition to cool temperatures they require high to very high humidity during part of their lives.
And from personal observation they are quite partial to a diet of cat poop.
 

hecklad

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Unfortunately sounds like it will be best to pass on them for the time being until I can get a cooler/fridge.
 

MasterOogway

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diet of cat poop
Interesting you've noticed this, although I don't think they seem to be limited to cat poop. I find surprising amounts of them on piles of bear scat at the zoo I work at, which I always found odd.
 

The Snark

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Interesting you've noticed this
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.
 

Salmonsaladsandwich

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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.
 

The Snark

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Well, if anyone gains any traction on keeping these beasts it would be nice to read about it. I've met several people that do keep them, all up on the north coast in the fog belt, but never asked about how to keep them and their environment tolerances.
 

Arthroverts

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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.
Where in California? There are specimens in the Palomar Mountain I believe which might do better at human room temperature.

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Arthroverts
 

Salmonsaladsandwich

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Where in California? There are specimens in the Palomar Mountain I believe which might do better at human room temperature.

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Arthroverts
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.
 

Arthroverts

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Just checked, Palomar Mountain and the surrounding area is the only known locale in Southern California of an apparent undescribed Ariolimax species.

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Arthroverts
 
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