Australian Park Rangers Discover Neon Pink Slugs

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Slugs, those slimy ugly creatures that we all seem to hate, suddenly got a little more interesting and definitely a lot more noticeable, thanks to these giant neon pink ones that were recently discovered by park rangers in New South Wales, Australia

Besides being bright, these creatures that so far have only been discovered on Mount Kaputar, a 5,000-foot peak in the Nandewar Range, NSW, are also quite large - measuring eight inches or about twice the size of their modern-day counterparts.

Though the species is new to us, scientists believe that these slugs are an ancient creature - dating all the way to the time when Australia was covered with rainforests. While their counterparts living in other parts of the country were decimated as the continent became drier, these survived thanks a series of volcano eruptions at Mount Kaputar which itself is a remnant of an extinct crater. This, in addition to millions of years of geological changes has resulted in a unique ecosystem that has allowed invertebrates, as well as, plants from bygone eras to survive and even, thrive, in the lush region.

In addition to this bright slug, the rangers also found three species of cannibal snails - Ones that look like ordinary mollusks but slide around the forest floor seeking out the slime trail of fellow snails, and then diligently hunting them down to attack and devour! We wonder what other fascinating and colorful creatures inhabited the earth during ancient times.

Resources: news.yahoo.com, huffingtonpost.com

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  • coolish
    coolish6 months
    Ewwww haha I love it 😝😝
    • tulip_kitty
      tulip_kitty8 months
      WHAT. SO COOL!
      • wolfy_blue
        wolfy_blue12 months
        cool but kinda gross :D
        • lowkey_amy
          lowkey_amyabout 1 year
          so cool!!
          • kotlcfitzphie12
            kotlcfitzphie12about 1 year
            COOL!
            • bookfan2008
              bookfan2008over 1 year
              Woah... That is so intresting!
              • kakasamuals
                kakasamualsover 1 year
                it is so cool like if you agree
                • bsc
                  bscover 1 year
                  WOW!
                  • searchlight
                    searchlightover 1 year
                    EWWWWW but also cool.
                    • iguanahaley
                      iguanahaleyalmost 2 years
                      its kink of weird how you think acid fell on the slugs so then they turned pink