About the Project

The ZooTrophy Animal-a-Day project began on October 15th, 2013 as illustrator Angela "LemurKat" Oliver began working her way, systematically but selectively, through the alphabet and presenting, via social media, an illustrated animal to the world. Daily.

All pieces are drawn as 2.5 x 3.5 inch collectible cards, using a combination of polychromos and prismacolor pencils, along with other art materials. Many are still available for purchase ($10) or trade, so drop her an email if anything captures your eye or if there is an animal you wish to request.

It is predicted this project will take her at least two years to complete - with approximately 36 animals being drawn for each letter. She has also used the images to create a collectible hardback encyclopedia series, playing cards and a desk calendar, as well as the ZooTrophy collectible trading card game.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

#704: Slug

Slug is a name given to apparently shell-less gastropod molluscs. They lead a mostly terrestrial existence, and are prone to dessication - hence they favour a moist environment such as leaf litter, or beneath rocks. Many retain a remnant of their ancestral shell, although this is often internal. Slugs move using their flat underside - known as the "foot". By contracting the muscles and exuding a layer of mucus, they are able to move at a slow but steady pace. This mucus also aids in retaining moisture. Slugs are hermaphrodites and able to reproduce as both male and female. With some species - like this Banana Slug - the penis becomes trapped within the partner's body and must be chewed off before they can separate. After that, the Slug is only able to mate as a female.

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