Facts and Figures of the Banana Slug

The banana slug, native to the Northwest, can grow to a length of 8 inches (20 cm), with a few giants reaching 10 inches (25.4 cm), and weights of a quarter of a pound (0.1 kg)....The banana slug's color ranges from dead white to black, with many intermediate color forms--lemon yellow, light tan, and dark brown--often with black blotches or spots.

-- From the Western Society of Malacologists' Field Guide to the Slug [Page 15]

A few years ago, the banana slug almost became the official state mollusk of California. After much debate, a bill in the state legislature to make the banana slug the state's top mollusk passed both the State Senate and Assembly. Sadly, the bill went on to be vetoed by the governor, whose slug-phobia got the better of him; he felt the slug was too undignified for such an honor