Banana Slug of the Santa Cruz Mountains: Up Close and Personal Encounters of Fact, Fiction and Fun


by Gary Bartos

  • Size: 8 x 10 perfect bound
  • No. Pages: Color 46 p.
  • Published: 2011
  • ISBN: 978-1-935914-00-6
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What words would you use to describe this shy creature of the deep redwood forest?

“Repulsive” . . . “Slimy” . . . “Very Yellow!”

Gary Bartos shares his experience of nearly two years of intimate study and research into the habits, preferences, and lifestyle of these unique forest inhabitants:

“Someone needed to document the questions and legends of these unique creatures. Why are they yellow? How can we identify a male from a female? Where do banana slugs sleep at night? Who are their friends and enemies? How fast can they move? Do they like humans? How have they contributed to science? Are they edible? Why do they live in the Pacific Coast redwood forests? What is their relationship to the redwood tree? Is it true a giant slug hides in the forest?”

“Bashful”. . . “Independent” . . . “Stubborn” . . .
are just a few of the descriptors Gary Bartos offers to connect the reader with the deeper character of these friendly neighborhood banana slugs.

Banana Slug of the Santa Cruz Mountains

. . . offers a little something for everyone who has ever been curious about Ariolimax californicus, and after reading this book, you will never look at these golden gastropods the same way again!