Washington’s State Animal

26 08 2008
I saw this little beauty the other night when I ducked outside to make sure the van door was closed.

Super-yuck.

When we moved to Washington (five years ago this month! Wow, how time flies–) we were living in an apartment in Tacoma (already furnished and paid for by the Company). I had asked for a bottom floor apartment because I was seven months pregnant with two toddlers. I didn’t want to have to deal with carrying kids and groceries up and down stairs all the time.

They (whoever “they” are) graciously granted my request.

Unfortunately, the bottom floor was not exactly at ground level like I was picturing. It was more, you know, down a flight of concrete stairs. Sigh.

It was during this time that I was introduced to one of the above-pictured specimens.

On the floor.

In my kitchen.

I apologize for the overuse of italics, but really. I had never seen a slug before, save in cartoons. I’m not a screamer, but I’m pretty sure a surprised yelp escaped me. I can’t remember how I got rid of it, and I am still not sure how it got into the apartment. It’s not like we left the door open long enough for a slug to slither through. We had a sliding door that went outside onto a grassy area (that our kids weren’t allowed to play on–long story), but we never opened that. I think it must have come through the dishwasher somehow, because it was very near and I happened to be doing dishes at the time. Which is what I should be doing now instead of writing about slugs.

So I’ll let you go. Rest assured the sight of slugs no longer make me feel faint, or yelp, or even blink. They’re everywhere. (But that doesn’t mean I have to like them.)

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8 responses

26 08 2008
Melissa

Okay, so if they are everywhere OUTSIDE that is fine, but in your kitchen? I would also be horrified. I am still getting use to the snails here. My kids really love crunching them.

26 08 2008
Mandy

In Dallas I had to deal with cockroaches. Little ones, HUGE ones–they all grossed me out. When I had a run-in with a flying one I screamed so loud it made my baby cry and my toddler come running. Yuck.

26 08 2008
Smith Fam

lol!!!
I couldn’t believe it the first time I saw one, too. Thankfully, it was on our driveway, not in the kitchen. What do you do with it? You don’t want it anywhere near your home or plants, but at the same time — is it okay to squish a creature that big? Honestly. Too big to be a bug, too gross to be an animal… Ewwwwwwww~!

26 08 2008
Dina

Oh, you’re not alone. We have them too. Last night we went on our first ever family bike ride with everyone on a two wheeler (yeah!) and at some point on the path, Jack yelled, “Ugh! I just ran over a GIANT slug!”

27 08 2008
candicerail

What a coincidence…is August national slug month? I saw my first slug yesterday on my front porch…in the Utah desert. We moved here to be slug free. Okay, we moved here for other reasons, and just had faith that slugs and other things like blast ended skrewts wouldn’t be here. We were wrong…on both accounts:)

27 08 2008
Sandi

I had no idea slugs could be that big. That is Freaky!

28 08 2008
Lici

That is one nasty looking creature! If I found that in my kitchen or garage, I’d scream too. YUCK!

2 09 2008
Lee Family

On our first camping trip when we lived in Seattle, we were rolling up our tent to pack it up, there were five slugs under our tent. SicK! We had been sleeping on 5 sick slugs all night. They are disgusting. Maybe you could have a slug discus – slugcus. yeah!

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