How the Banana Slug Got its Name

A banana slug doesn't get the joke as it checks out this banana peel at Big Basin State Park.
This banana slug doesn’t get the joke as it checks out this banana peel at Big Basin State Park.

Every once in awhile, I stumble across something that just makes me laugh. The sight of this banana slug posing on its namesake was no exception!

After seeing the yellow slug and banana peel together, it is no surprise to me how the banana slug got its name. For more on the amusing life of banana slugs, read Slug Truth is Stranger than Fiction.

If you’ve seen anything funny under the redwoods? Please share!


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About Emily Burns

Emily Burns, the League’s former Director of Science, led the research program that includes the Redwoods and Climate Change Initiative. She holds a PhD in Integrative Biology on the impacts of fog on coast redwood forest flora from the University of California, Berkeley.

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