Rain is a promising sign for the banana slug residents, it can be seen in low-lying areas

Santa Cruz – Recent rainstorms have been the cause of evacuations throughout the Santa Cruz Mountains, but they could have been useful for the local mascot.

Prolonged drought damaged the population of banana slug. However, the atmospheric river that washed across the Greater Bay Area is a good sign of a possible population boom in the spring.

Beds of damp, wet sheets provide great breeding grounds for sticky creatures, according to Janet Leonard, a research assistant at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She noted that slugs tend to lay more eggs after it rains.

“This last rain should make a good start to laying off whites,” said Leonard.

A good-sized slug can lay up to 100 eggs in one bag, Leonard said. She added that continued rainfall will be important for the healthy growth of these eggs.

If Santa Cruz gets a good wet season, chances are you’ll see more banana slugs at popular picnic spots in the spring. Many of them will be small slugs, but locals will likely see a lot more of them than they’ve seen in recent years.

For now, the population will have to rely on the discovery of existing mature populations, who may not have the right conditions to fully explore the meadows, Leonard said.

Because of the drought, many slugs may still live deep in the earth. In addition, the earth does not absorb water easily when it descends in large quantities over a short period, especially after it dries up.

“We know they go underground. If they’re underground, if they respond to atmospheric pressure, they might show up after rain, but if they’re responding to moisture — they move up when things underground get very wet — they probably don’t feel even the last rain yet.” “.

This does not mean that hikers and slug watchers will not be able to spot the yellow locals during outdoor excursions. After a rainstorm, those seeking to spot a few slugs will have better luck doing so in lower areas, Leonard said.

One of the areas suggested by Leonard was the creek in Henry Coyle Park. Leonard recommended crossing the railroad tracks and taking a path toward the creek.

“The place to find slugs is in banks, where there is a lot of algae,” Leonard said. “If the moss is green, the soil is moist and the slugs should be there.”

Leonard noted that more rain would be needed to see the slugs come out on Henry Coyle’s meadows. She added that slugs are likely to become more abundant in Henry Quay common areas around Thanksgiving if Santa Cruz can see an additional 5 to 6 inches of rain. However, it would be better for the rain to spread than to fall all at once.

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