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Fluorescent Pink Slugs! Cool!

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Article and picture taken from HERE.

It would seem to be something you’d see only in a cartoon or at a Phish concert, but according to park rangers in New South Wales, Australia, dozens of giant, fluorescent pink slugs have been popping up on a mountaintop there.

“As bright pink as you can imagine, that’s how pink they are,” Michael Murphy, a ranger with the National Parks and Wildlife Service, told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. “On a good morning, you can walk around and see hundreds of them.”

The eight-inch creatures have been spotted only on Mount Kaputar, a 5,000-foot peak in the Nandewar Range in northern New South Wales.

Scientists believe the eye-catching organisms are survivors from an era when Australia was home to rainforests. A series of volcanoes, millions of years of erosion and other geological changes “have carved a dramatic landscape at Mount Kaputar,” the park service wrote on its Facebook page, and unique arid conditions spared the slugs from extinction.

They “probably would have long since vanished, if a volcano had not erupted at Mount Kaputar about 17 million years ago,” Ben Cubby wrote in the Sydney Morning Herald. “The result of that eruption is a high-altitude haven for invertebrates and plant species that have been isolated for millions of years, after Australia dried out and the rainforests receded.”

And they’re not the only unusual inhabitants on the mountain.

“We’ve actually got three species of cannibal snail on Mount Kaputar, and they’re voracious little fellas,” Murphy said. “They hunt around on the forest floor to pick up the slime trail of another snail, then hunt it down and gobble it up.”

 
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Posted by on May 31, 2013 in animals, bugs, nature, weird news

 

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AUTUMN LEAVES IN UTAH

 

 
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Posted by on November 7, 2012 in naughtiness, photography

 

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RED BUTTE BOTANIC GARDENS – PARK CITY UTAH

Hubby and I went to Park City, Utah again last month. We went to Red Butte Botanic Gardens, which is a nice place to see the fall colors. It seemed dryer than the last time we were in Utah, but it was still pretty.

this could be in the hills around Los Angeles!

 

The Quarry House from a distance

Quarry House up close

I think this is a Golden Eagle! Note the yellow beak and legs.

 
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Posted by on November 6, 2012 in adventure, birds, fun, nature, photography

 

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HUNTINGTON GARDEN WATER PLANTS

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on September 21, 2012 in nature, photography

 

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HUNTINGTON LIBRARY ART

I went to the Huntington Library and Garden again and saw some nice art. Here’s some of it:

I really liked the fabric pattern on this chair.

This hedgehog is for crocuses, or something like that

I love this light fixture, it’s so steampunk!

this wedgewood looks very modern, but it’s 150 years old!

Yes, it’s not art, but I liked the dragonfly

 
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Posted by on September 20, 2012 in art, nature, photography

 

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SEED PODS AT THE HUNTINGTON

pretty white!

pretty red!

pretty purple!

 
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Posted by on September 15, 2012 in nature, photography

 

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ORCHIDS AT THE HUNTINGTON

 
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Posted by on September 14, 2012 in nature, photography

 

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