Banana Slugs

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Banana Slug

Ariolimax columbianus


They were collected by a private collector and transferred to CuriOdyssey from 2005 to 2008.

Fun Facts

People have been known to eat banana slugs. The indigenous Yurok Indians of the North Coast area would use “the large yellow slug” for food when other food became scarce.

Birth Date


Diet in the Wild

Dead plant material, animal excrement, mushrooms, and poison oak.

Diet at the Museum

Leafy greens, vegetables, and fruits.

Life Span

In the Wild: 1 to 7 years.
In Captivity: 1 to 7 years.


Moist forest areas.


Pacific Northwest of the United States.

Conservation Status:

No special status.