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Leeches

by coie - June 19th, 2007.
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A few weeks ago Emmiko was swimming in our nasty pond when she came out shrieking (she often shrieks), "Coie, I had a snail stuck to my leg!"

"Oh yeah?  Did it have a shell?"

"No, it was a….a….um….slug! And he wouldn’t get off so I had to whack him off and now I’M BLEEDING!"

"Ok, that was a leech."

*wide eyed* "Am I going to die?"  (She inherited my mom’s hypochondriac gene)

"I don’t think so.  I’ll go look it up."

So I came inside to look up leeches and such to see if my sister was going to drop dead.  And I learned the NEATEST things about them.  So, without further ado, here is a list of things you may or may not want to know about leeches.

 

Leeches are Hermaphrodites, like earthworms.

Leeches care for and nurture their young, which is unusual for an invertibrate.

When leeches bite into their host, they inject two things: an anesthetic, so that you don’t feel it, and an anticoagulant so that your body does not start closing up the hole and blocking the blood from entering the leech’s mouth.  Because of this, people will often not notice when they are bitten by a leech and it is left undisturbed at it’s all-you-can-eat buffet.  Also, when the leech is removed, the wound will bleed more then a regular cut because of the anticoagulant which doesn’t wear off for a few hours.  No worries though, you shouldn’t bleed to death.  🙂

Leeches have been brought back into the medical world in the last 25 years because of their anticoagulant injecting abilities.  Doctors use them when they reattach body parts like fingers and toes.

Leeches only have to eat once or twice a year, when they drink enough blood to make them 5x their original size.

 

That’s all I can remember for now.  But isn’t that just the most splendiferous thing you’ve read all YEAR?!

12 Responses to Leeches

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    guh ROSS — is it *that* much of a slow blog day that you must resort to posting general leech information? homeschoolers are *weird*

  2. LibertyandJustice

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    '*wide eyed* "Am I going to die?" (She inherited my mom's hypochondriac gene)'

    Your sister is a hypochondriac, too? COOL! Between that, Paul's friend Tux, and y'all's pseudo-survivalist setup, I might have found the perfect area of TN. Do you, by chance, have any fallout maps?

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    Coie, I'm sitting here retching over my computer. That was definitely WAY TMI. But fascinating. I'm impressed with your research. I'll try to remember all that next time I'm dealing with a leech. 🙂 Karen

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    Truly amazing creatures!!!!!!!! But leeches completely, and utterly and most undoubtedly give me the heebiest of heeby jeebies!!!!!! They're right up their with ticks, lice and intestinal worms!!!!!!

    Emery got attacked by a leech when she was about four…I truly was beside myself!

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    Oh GROSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    that's pretty cool but leeches creep me out ::shutters::

    InChrist-Kay

  7. GiffordBabyJournal

    Wow!

    You're right, LOL, more than I care to know about leeches.

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    LOL, that's funny.

    I am curious to see your site. Can you give me the URL at this time? I understand if not. I have a few things that I have been making for the last month but I don't want to publicly say what they are until they're finished.

    And, sure! Instead of your replacing your blinky spot with a new ad for your site. I'll just give you a new blinky spot. So you can have both up on there (if you want).

    Hope to hear from you soon. I've been blogging a lot more often than ever before. Come take a look.

    -Paulie

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    Oh my, figure the froggie girl would now know all about leeches. Wish I could think of something gross to tell all about. gross but cool that is.

    julie

  10. CAgirlwithasoutherndrawl

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    Double ick and eww.

    I am never never, not ever swimming in your leech-y pond. But the good news is that if you ever want to, you can pretend that you are a doctor from the 1800's and be a blood letter. As in let-er, not letter in the alphabet or letter that you write someone when they are far away.

    Guess what? I made a double batch of your Chinese chicken salad dressing and it is also good in rice and turkey sandwiches. I lest you doubt, I really and truly eat it almost everyday.

    ~Auntie Spiffie Wiffie

  11. Hey

    yeah, doctors use leeches a lot in brain surgeries when the brain is bleeding. I've watched it on public television several times. It's pretty interesting to me! Thanks for the post!

    Nancy

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    Truly disturbing information.

    I suppose you didn't care to look up how to get rid of or discourage leeches from inhabiting your pond?

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