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Pretty in Pink

Australians discovered pink alpine slug

Author: Hugh Bollinger/Saturday, June 1, 2013/Categories: natural history

Like many other plants and animals in Australia, evolution has produced some odd results. Now, even slimy Aussie slugs are proving amazing. Australian forest rangers have discovered a gigantic, shocking pink, slug endemic to the alpine forests of Mount Kaputar National Park in New South Wales.

Pink Slug, Mt. Kaputar NP (Australian Wildlife Service)

Michael Murphy, a ranger with the National Parks and Wildlife Service, told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) that the 8 inch slugs: "are as bright pink as you can imagine."

According to reports in the Sydney Morning Herald, researchers believe the slugs are survivors from an earlier epoch when eastern Australia had extensive rainforests. The hot-pink slugs survived in the protected high mountain forests because of their isolation and surviving moist habitat. The giant, hot pink slugs are not the only odd creatures found on Mt. Kaputar---3 species of cannibalistic snails are also found in the alpine forests there as well.

Lady Gaga has nothing on these 'pretty in pink' critters.


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