Koalas are cute, kangaroos are cool and echidnas are pretty awesome, too. But if there’s a species you really have to check out in Australia, it’s the neon pink slug of Mount Kabutar.
Located in New South Wales, these slugs — known as Triboniophorus aff. graeffei — grow up to 20 centimetres in length and are confined to one remote area, Mount Kaputar, which is an extinct volcano.
But why the hot pink colour? ‘There’s one idea that the pink colour camouflages them against the colour of fallen snow gum leaves on the forest floor’, says Park Ranger Michael Murphy. ‘But then again they spend a lot of their time way up in the canopy nowhere near the floor… so it might just be that if you’re a giant slug way up on an isolated mountain top, you can be whatever colour you like’.
The slugs were only discovered a few years ago and have amazed zoologists (and us) since.
Via Business Insider