Purple Slug

Though it may be difficult to tell from this picture, you are looking at a purple slug sitting on a leaf.  Yum!  David visited an old growth forest recently and observed bright purple, bright green and white slugs, which apparently were all quite common in the forests of central Kenya at one time.  Today with all of the forest cutting that has taken place, these aren’t seen much anymore.  The central highlands of Kenya were once covered with forest and were the tribal lands of the Kikuyu people.  The Kikuyu would clear trees in limited fashion for the purpose of farming and homesteads, but when the British arrived, they cut vast portions to serve as building materials and firewood.  Today illegal charcoal production is the main threat to the forests and the animals which are native are suffering as a result.

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