/r/leeches

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A subreddit for general discussion, media, ID requests, and questions pertaining to leeches (subclass Hirudinea).

This is a subreddit for general discussion, media, ID requests, and questions pertaining to leeches (subclass Hirudinea).


Subreddit Rules

  1. Be civil.
  2. Avoid misinfo and alarmist claims.
  3. Do not seek or provide medical advice.
  4. Content depicting blood or injuries must be appropriately flagged.
  5. ID requests for wildlife require a geographic location in the title.

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does anyone have any success with woundseal?

mostly just trying to stop the bleeding earlier next time i feed. having to worry about the blood for 24+ hours isnt fun and wondering if anyone has used woundseal with success and maybe even superglue?

1 Comment
2024/06/07
18:24 UTC

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how do i be less afraid of leeches?

i am a massive animal lover and the ONLY nature related fear of mine is of leeches. i think they’re cool and i wish no harm upon them but i just can’t get over the visceral fear. any suggestions?

4 Comments
2024/06/03
19:13 UTC

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Looking for basics about keeping leeches

To the community. I want to start this hobby but I don’t know how and I have some questions. First of all, is wild caught okay? Hirudo verbana are native to my country and I can get a few of them from the wild. Then, what type of space do they need? If they are kept in a small container, do they need anything such as lighting or substrate? If they are kept in an aquarium, can they be kept with other species of animal? Then, how much cleaning are they going to need? If they can sit for months without feeding, won’t harmful bacterial and algae growing the water? Can they grow on surfaces or even on them? Can we have any issue? Because those things must be very rare, I haven’t found anything recorded about it. how do you make water changes? Do you keep the animal in a different container during? Also, how do you know if the animal is okay or sik? I heard from here that regurgitation is a bad sign. Can they recover from any type of sickness? Lastly, is captive breeding common? Do they have genders and can they live together generally?

6 Comments
2024/06/02
22:00 UTC

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are theese leeches?

if not what r they?

3 Comments
2024/06/01
22:43 UTC

2

Where to buy leeches?

Hey guys, anyone have any advice on where to get these little bros? Any information is very appreciated Thankyou!!!!!!

9 Comments
2024/05/31
23:17 UTC

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Questions I haven’t seen answered about leech care!

Good day everybody!

I am an aspiring leech owner. I used to have a pretty gnarly fear of them, but I have worked on it over the years and volunteered to feed one recently at a reptile zoo. It was eye opening and nice to see them up close and nourish them. So naturally, I want one or two for myself!

I’ve seen information like “keep them in a ball jar, leave em on a shelf somewhere out of the sun, and change the water once a week” to “keep them in a bioactive 5 gallon enclosure with day and night cycles” and I’m just not sure which one is better for the leech. So far, I’m thinking about setting it/them up in a 3 gallon or so glass bowl with nylons banded around the opening, maybe with a couple larger rocks and a wood piece. I’m not sure what else they need…?

Also, do they need a sponge filter or a filter at all? What about dechlorination; is it safe to use something like Seachem prime in their water? I come from freshwater fish keeping, do I need to cycle the little container? It seems odd that I could just dump them in a jar and call it good, but I guess they truly don’t need or want enrichment like fish do.

Thanks guys! Any info about your setups would be great!

7 Comments
2024/05/31
14:01 UTC

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Leech habitat

Hello I am wanting to build a planted leech habitat tank. I've purchased a JBJ Nano Rimless 20G AIO Aquarium that's meant for coral reefs so I figured it would be good enough for a leech and I can make it so there is less water disturbance since leeches are usually in ponds. I know they are at risk of getting stuck in the filter and that I'll need to add some mesh to the top to prevent escape. I have bought driftwood and a few plants to put in there. Any plants I should avoid? I'll be dipping any plants in bleach solution to kill off any hitchhikers. I'm hoping to have the tank planted and growing/ doing well before adding any leeches. Any advice, tips etc? Thanks!

5 Comments
2024/05/28
13:29 UTC

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Distraught...

I am crying and panicking because my beloved leech that I got recently is gone

There have been times I thought he was gone but found him hiding in gravel, but now I have already cleaned out the enclosure, taken out all the gravel, and he is gone for sure

He was in a large size critter keeper with a sheet of gauze over the tank part and the lid clipped over it, securing the gauze in place.

He must have squeezed through the tiny holes in the gauze AND the tiny holes in the critter keeper lid while I was sleeping.

The care guide for tiger leech says they "dry out very quickly" and I have no idea where he could be. He could be anywhere, and if he's behind a shelf he may be impossible to find... I already looked behind the bookshelf his tank was on with a flashlight and didn't see him...

Please let me know about how long a leech like richardsonianus australis can survive without water and any ideas on how to find or attract him...

1 Comment
2024/05/28
02:20 UTC

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Where’s a safe place to get Buffalo leeches?

North american bio pharma only sells h verbana but i dont know anywhere else safe to buy these wonderful creatures :(

2 Comments
2024/05/22
21:46 UTC

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Where can I find Hirudo medicinalis orientalis for hobbyist prices?

Title explains it.

1 Comment
2024/05/22
01:10 UTC

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Leech hibernating?

Tonight I went to handle my leech but I couldn't find him anywhere in his container and started to panic. After like 10 minutes of pointlessly searching through his plants and hideout, I finally picked up the container and looked up at the bottom... and saw that he was underneath the gravel.

I gently moved the gravel aside to make sure he was still alive, and he peeked out and I handled him for a bit but he didn't seem as active as he usually is. Now I am worried he was hibernating and I disturbed him... It is Fall, almost Winter in my country. Was he hibernating in the gravel or just having a little nap? I'll probably get him some sand so it's easier for him to burrow into!

1 Comment
2024/05/19
17:48 UTC

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Orko climbs onto my finger!

3 Comments
2024/05/18
12:22 UTC

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Please someone fill me in

I stumbled across this sub and honestly im soooo confused lol... At first i thought it was some kind of edgy satire shitpost but now I know its not so PLEASE CAN SOMEONE FILL ME IN ?? Do you just like leeches and feeding them off ur blood or is it for actual medicinal benefit?

10 Comments
2024/05/18
04:27 UTC

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Signs - end of life

I had 4 leeches. All very healthy and presumably happy.

They are 2.5 years old.

I lost one about 2 weeks ago.

It started to behave lethargic. Then it was hardly moving and sunk to the bottom of the tank where it would try to do the breathe swim. It died about 2 days later.

I now have another leech displaying the same lethargy and sinking to the bottom of the tank. I have moved it to a little leech hospital tank with some of the alder cones.

Nothing major changed in their environment so I am curious if these are the signs of leech old age?

2 Comments
2024/05/16
17:05 UTC

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Can i feed leeches while on certain meds?

ive wanted pet leeches for aggesss now, i take melatonin, fluoxetine and also methylphenidate (ritalin - for adhd) and im worried that me having those meds in my system could harm leeches in any way when feeding them :( if not taking my meds for a few days prior to feeding would help prevent any potential risks to their health then i would absolutely do that!! but i just want to be educated before getting any and accidentally hurting them. also a similar question is if im drinking lots of caffeine would that affect them too? thank you for any help lol 🙏

1 Comment
2024/05/13
22:11 UTC

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Is this a safe combination of meds to feed a leech?

I wanna know what painkillers like Pregabalin, Paracetamol, Dihydrocodeine, and Etodolac would do inside a leech as I am hoping to have one some day!

Things like Omeprazole, Estradiol, and Senna too! Maybe also Lactulose if that's not complicated? I think thats all my medicines...

Would this be safe or would it build up inside them like a disease would? And be toxic? I am a very sickly mess so Y'know!

9 Comments
2024/05/12
21:57 UTC

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Allergic reaction

Hello everyone. I was wondering if anyone has ever had an allergic reaction to feeding their leeches. I think I’m having one. My arm is so red and swollen and I think I need to go to a doctor. But I’m so scared I’m never going to be able to feed the leeches again and I don’t know what to do. Any advice would be much appreciated

5 Comments
2024/05/12
11:04 UTC

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How often to feed medical leeches

Hello everyone, I was looking to ask how often I should my medical Hirudo leeches? I’ve fed them twice in the span of a month. So I only waited 30 days to feed them. I was reading that one should wait at least 6 months to feed them? Thank you in advance

2 Comments
2024/05/12
00:31 UTC

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Baby ribbon leeches waiting to hatch

My ribbon leeches laid eggs on the glass, so I was able to photograph the inside of the cocoon as the babies developed.

2 Comments
2024/05/03
21:32 UTC

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Trouble w/ Water Changes

I have a 4 y/o Verbana that we’ve had since she was a babe. She often pukes just a bit after feedings (every 6-9 months at this point). However, every single time we do a water change she ends up puking a lot. We have tried several different methods - incremental water changes, weekly vs monthly, etc. She continues to behave normally and doesn’t have any lumps or anything like that.

Does anyone have any advice? An alternative water change method? Tips on clearing out the bloody water post-puke w/out triggering her?

5 Comments
2024/05/02
15:58 UTC

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Help with leech passing

My leech char that's been sick for a while recently passed unfortunately but Gundam is still thriving. I wanted to ask if anyone knows what happens to char because when he died he looked like this and was just spewing blood I wish I took a picture to show but I didn't think about it at the time but heres a drawing representing what he looked like when he passed. I really want to know what happened to my poor guy :( especially so it doesn't also happen to Gundam as well

5 Comments
2024/05/02
14:35 UTC

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