The tropical leatherleaf, Laevicaulis alte, is a species of tropical slug, a terrestrial pulmonate gastropod mollusk. This slug thrives in arid biotopes.
is a round, dark-coloured slug without a shell, 7 or 8 cm
long. Its skin is slightly tuberculated. The central keel
is beige in colour. This slug has a unique, very narrow foot; juvenile specimens have a foot 1 mm
wide and adult specimens have feet 4 or 5 mm in width. The tentacles
are small, 2 or 3 mm long, and they are only rarely obtruded beyond the edge of the mantle
The frog Rana tigrina
- indigenous probably in Africa (western Africa and eastern Africa).
- non-indigenous, but introduced and invasive in:
It is an invasive species.
- Dry biotopes. Lower altitude mostly.
Food items in captivity:
Food sources in nature:
Does not eat:
- Hatches from eggs.
- Has several adaptations for dry conditions: rounded shape with as small as possible surface area, narrow foot to reduce evaporation. Juvenile specimens search for food nearly always at night and stay buried in the soil during the day. Larger specimens are active during the day sometimes. This slug can grow up from 0.5 cm to approximately 4 cm in length in 7 months.