Click to see full answer. Thereof, is it okay to touch a banana slug? Slime helps slugs adhere to surfaces, and also increases suction, so they can glide along vertical surfaces, or even upside down. Finally, although you hear about folks who handle and even kiss banana slugs , it's best not to touch banana slugs —for their sake. One may also ask, what happens if you eat a slug?
While backpacking here with my year-old daughter, I kept thinking of something tragic: so few kids these days know what happens when you lick a big yellow banana slug. My daughter and I were recuperating in a banana slug-infested wilderness from a surfeit of civilization. On our second day on the Pacific Crest Trail, we were exhausted after nearly 20 miles of hiking, our feet ached, and ravenous mosquitoes were persecuting us. Dusk was falling, but no formal campsite was within miles. So we set out a groundsheet and our sleeping bags on the soft grass of a ridge, so that the winds would blow the mosquitoes away. We debated whether to put up our light tarp to protect us from rain.
If someone told you there was a mystical forest in the Northwest region of Untied States with yellow bananas on the floor and the bananas ate rotting stuff and then pooped material that made the forest floor more nutrient filled. You'd probably think I was crazy. What if I told you that they also produced liquid crystals! You would think I was nuts, but the story wouldn't be too far off from the truth.
As the rain returns to accompany us through winter, so do the banana slugs. These creatures rely on moisture to stay alive, so during warm or dry spells they secrete extra slime, bury themselves in leaves, and go dormant in a process known as aestivation, the opposite of hibernation. When not hiding from the sun, banana slugs spend their time sliding through the forest understory of the West Coast, where three different species are found between California and Alaska. In Washington we have only the Ariolimax columbianus, or Pacific banana slug. Of the banana slug species, it has the least vibrant yellow color and can look like an overripe banana with its black spots.