A DESTRUCTIVE breed of Spanish slugs has invaded UK gardens.
The recent heavy rains and warm spells across Britain have attracted the Arion Flagellus which poses a severe threat to native wildlife.
The massive invaders can reach a size of more than 10 centimetres long and produce hundreds more eggs than a typical British slug.
With such a substantial disparity in fertility rates, British slugs stand little chance against their Spanish competitors.
And indeed, the olive green Spanish invaders have been mating with British slugs to create a highly powerful hybrid that is threatening to overrun the UK.
But slug expert Les Noble from Aberdeen University believes authorities are not taking the problem seriously enough.
“The invasive species is carrying diseases and parasites that are going to wipe out our native slugs, driving them to extinction,” he warned.