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Giant pink slug discovered in Australian mountains

Courtesy: National Parks and Wildlife Service

Courtesy: National Parks and Wildlife Service

Cheryl Santa Maria
Digital Reporter

Thursday, May 30, 2013, 6:01 PM -

Mount Kaputar, in New South Wales, Australia is home to a bevy of unique plants and animals -- among them, a giant pink slug.

National Parks and Wildlife Services ranger Michael Murphy was one of the first humans to come into contact with this newly-discovered species. 

The carnivorous slugs are about 20 cm long and exclusive to the top of Mount Kaputar, which sits at an elevation of about 1500 metres.

"On cool, wet, misty mornings the place is covered in giant pink slugs," Murphy told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

He says that "hundreds" can be seen on a good morning, all situated in the same area.

The slugs appear to be relics of Gondwana, the name for the supercontinent that joined Australia with Antarctica, South America, Africa and Madagascar, some 200 million years ago.

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