"Some pretty cool inventions were inspired by slug slime. By studying the versatile properties of this goo, scientists have created new surgical glues for medical procedures. Another group of engineers have built slug-inspired greenhouses that use slime insulation to store and release water, much like the banana slug’s mucus-coated body.
This is a species of slug - one of the slowest species on the planet, with an average speed of 6.5 inches per minute -- is found on the Pacific coast of North America. It is the second-largest species of terrestrial slug in the world, growing up to 25 centimeters long (9 inches). They play a big role in our ecosystems each autumn by helping to break down fallen leaves, making way for new growth in the understory in spring. They are the forest floor clean-up crew. By chewing on dead organic matter, including fallen leaves, moss, and animal droppings, these native detritivores recycle nutrients." ~ SOURCE