You can click on all of the photos to get a better look at Hector! He is a Spotted Garden Slug.
My youngest son found him. Hector is a slug. I’ll call Hector a him just for simplicity. This document says that he is a hermaphrodite. Hector is quite cute, for a slug.
Check out his breathing pore. It is there on his side, just at the edge of his mantle. I know, that’s some pretty fancy slug talk! heehee! You can click on the photo to see it better. That breathing pore is kind of yucky if you ask me.
Here is Hector eating a piece of zucchini. We have enough zucchini in our garden to choke a slug! He has his mouth sticking out to munch on it.
Hector is living in a tank that my youngest son lovingly set up for him. It has moss and rocks and a bowl of water and a place to hide. And plenty of zucchini.
My daughter came to me yesterday evening and said that she wanted to take Hector for a walk. She said, “He was eating some zucchini and then he came and pressed his little face against the wall of the tank and waved his eye stalks around at me!” This surely meant he needed to get out for a while! So my girl put on some plastic gloves and took Hector out for a walk. He looked very happy to be out and about!
I told my boy that if Hector is going to remain a pet beyond today, he needs to clean Hector’s tank. My boy said he was thinking that he wanted to clean the tank today anyway. What? This is the boy that has a pile of clean clothes sitting on his bedroom floor. After I wash clothes I put them on my kids’ beds for them to put away. This child puts them on the floor and pulls each day’s clothes from the clean pile on the floor, instead on putting them in the drawers!
I’ll let you know if Hector is released back into the wild tomorrow morning!