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Baby Leeches


Aquatic Leeches

Class Hirudinea
Aquatic Leeches are segmented worms. Leeches have 34 body segments. These baby leeches have hatched from the cocoon. They are still attached to their mother.

Leeches live in all freshwater habitats. They are more common in quiet water. Leeches suck the blood of fishes, amphibians, birds, and mammals. They also eat snails, insect larvae, and worms.

Size: Adults from 1" to 4".
•The mouth (dark spot at the front end) is part of a small sucker.
•They attach to the mother with a large sucker at the hind end.
•Leeches have no gills. They breathe through their skin.

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