banana slug


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banana slug

n.
Any of several large slugs of the genus Ariolimax, especially A. columbianus of northern California and the Pacific Northwest, ranging in color from black to white but often having a bright yellow body with black spots.
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Girls leaping about the beds find a banana slug and pull in to
The University of California, Santa Cruz overran its crowdfunding goal of $20,000 last year to do the genetics work on the university mascot, the banana slug. And the University of Maryland raised $12,000 to map its mascot, the diamondback terrapin.
During the '70s I met a young kindergartner who seemed to enjoy banana slugs. At our first meeting, very soon after we started a short walk, he picked up a banana slug and folded both hands around it creating a little "slug chamber." I saw this and asked, "What are you going to do with that slug?" He replied simply, "I'm taking it for a walk." When we returned to the starting point, he opened his heavily slimed hands and let the slug go.
It's a slogan used by cities, states, nonprofit organizations, and a whole host of other groups--even an eco-friendly troupe of musicians called the "Banana Slug String Band." Here at the USDA Agricultural Research Service, it's one of the principles guiding our research on how to protect and conserve natural resources, whether they're downstream, upstream, or right outside the window.
Exploring the Redwoods National Park transcends these statuesque and majestic trees, leading visitors to bio-diverse areas -prairies, oak woodland, wild rivers- with wildlife ranging from the slimy yellow banana slugs, who enjoy the shade of the redwoods (highlighted at the Banana Slug Day Celebration) and coastal seabirds to the large Roosevelt Elks, with some weighing up to 1,000 pounds, (best viewed in the Elk Refuge area).
Hailed as an innovator (screw caps) and a lover of quirky wine names (Banana Slug Roussanne, anyone?), Grahm also turns out elegant pours, like the earthy, Rhone-style red Le Cigare Volant Reserve that's available for tasting.
Hiking on the Cold Spring trail near her home in Santa Barbara, California, Melissa Keyes soaks in the changing seasons, making frequent stops along the way to observe flowers and a chubby, iridescent-yellow banana slug. The air is scented with bay leaves and sage, which grow wild along the path.
The banana slug got its name because it looks like a banana.
The banana slug will bite off its own penis and leave it in the female to prevent any other slug depositing its DNA.
It comes with a CD featuring the words with music, performed by the Banana Slug String Band.
-- Long known for surfers, aging hippies and the banana slug mascot of its counterculture University of California branch, Santa Cruz is about to blossom into a wine destination when eight wineries cluster in an old industrial park they're calling Westside Wine Village.
Banana slug slime is "the snottiest stuff around," Denny says.