Pacific Banana Slug (Ariolimax columbianus)
23 October 2015: Visited Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge (TRNWR) for the first time. It is located in Sherwood, Oregon, in Washington County, due southwest of Portland, Oregon, the state's largest city, and all are located in the Willamette Valley or Basin. In walking up the trail to the Ridgetop Overlook on the red earth path to the site we came upon this hapless too slow for folks walking the trail Pacific Banana Slug (Ariolimax columbianus) which had been partly squashed by the foot traffic and there were numerous folks out on that day as this is one of a handful of such national wildlife refuges apparently that are located in urban areas. The TRNWR has been in existence since 1992 and is administered by the US Fish and Wildlife Service, US Department of the Interior and the many volunteers that make possible its regular hours and hospitality. Sad to report that this Pacific Banana Slug was no more and had recently expired when we chanced upon it, RIP. The setting was that of a riparian forest, thick with ferns, huge trees, and birds of many kinds not to mention the green that was everywhere.
Source: "Ariolimax columbianus (Gould, 1851) Pacific Banana Slug," Flickr, photograph and ID, accessed 10.26.15, https://www.flickr.com/photos/crates/4753627121
A large slug
Western area of Pacific spirit park.