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Leeched 2

Today we were in Cunnawarra National Park. Today I wasn’t so quick. Today I only found the leech *after* it had had its fill.

So as not to make you feel left out though, I made sure I recorded what it looked like when it was so full *of my blood* that it had a hard time dragging itself around. The leech’s mouth is on the right-hand side. It’s about 2 cm (1 inch) in length.

Some 5 hours later, due to the anticoagulant that’s present in leech saliva, the wound is still bleeding slightly.

Just the one leech today though – unlike my record holding tally of 32 leeches in a single trip.

Some leech info [1] [2].


One Comment

  1. Ken says:

    I find a good wash in the shower and then a cotton ball under a bandaid usually works well. Reading the 3rd reference I think the possibility of leech extinction is remote, although with climate change the rainforests may all end up burning.

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