The Horrible World of Flying Slugs!

Imagine the Horror!

Ever step outside on a damp evening and have to hurdle large oozing fleshy slugs as if they were landmines? Do you get the willies imagining stepping on one of these living boogers bare-footed? Do you get demented pleasure from pouring salt on these critters and watching them shrivel into a puddle of mucous? Well, yes, and don’t we all? Imagine the vast differences this planet would experience if evolution played a nasty trick, enabling

Slugs That Fly! It’s a horrifying thought, isn’t it? You would no longer look down for the mucous covered meat worms, but look toward the sky! These flittering membranal mollusks would descend blindly through the night, enveloping their slimy bodies in your hair, splatting against your skin, or even slipping down the backs of your shirts! And if you think flying slugs can mess up an evening stroll in the park, read on and see what other major impacts would have occurred on this world but for a simple twist of genetics that kept slugs land-borne.

Vital Statistics of the Adult Flying Slug:

How flying slugs would alter our planet: Religion

Finances /Economy

Technology

Agriculture

Architecture

Biological EcosystemThe flying carnivorous slug relaxing on a mushroom!

Literature

Pop Culture

The slug circa 385 million years ago.

Biological Evolutionary Timeline of the Flying Slug

Specialized Species Some slugs would have developed strange specializations, the strangest of which, of course developed on the continent of Australia.

Species Location Description
Puffer Slug India, Southeast Asia The puffer slug is capable of swallowing huge amounts of air, and using its body as a bladder, is able to float like a balloon on wind currents, using its small wing nubs as rudders.
Cartwheel Slug Australia The cartwheel slug can stretch its body into a foil to catch the wind and tumbles or cartwheels along four pseudo pods for fast ground movement in arid climes.
Fireslug United States Hawaiian Territory Native to the volcanic islands of the Hawaiian chain, this slug is the world’s most toxic mollusk. If it lands on the bare skin, a human will absorb the mucous and die of paralysis within three minutes.
Gestalt Slugs Andes Mountains, Chile These small black slugs are known to congregate into clusters and meld or “gestalt” into a single-minded organism. As a cluster these slugs can form a wingspan of 7 meters in order to hunt giant condors or mountain goats.
Spitting Slug Australia These insidious slugs use their acidic, poisonous mucous as a weapon. They can spit their mucous up to three meters with pinpoint accuracy. Their primary prey are lizards and beetles.
Bullet Slugs Mississippi Basin, United States The bullet slugs have evolved with a spined, hard shell helmet that surround their eyestalks and oral orifices. They are known to dive upon their victims, able to use their hard shell to pierce the hides of cattle, deer and the occasional bison. Once the hides are pierced, these slugs vacate their helmets and begin to devour their victim from within. Once they eat their fill, they ooze out of the festering wound and in two days, a new helmet forms to replace their discarded ones.
Buzzing Slugs Amazon Slime Forest, South America These slugs get their name from the sound their gastropods produce when they devour their food. Usually flying in swarms, these slugs have been known to skeletonize a cow within 5 minutes. When an entire swarm eats a cow, the buzzing may be heard up to a mile away.
Dung Slugs Arabian Peninsula These slugs rarely pose a threat to humans. Their primary diet are the dung left by the large animals in the area. They descend upon a dung heap, roll the dung into little balls, and fly the dung balls back to a common nest to feed their young. On rare occasions, they will drop their payload by accident upon unsuspecting victims.


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