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Leech

Hirudinea

Description:

This particular leech was attached to the back of a Red Eared Slider turtle.

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4 Comments

BenjaminKabel
BenjaminKabel 7 years ago

Also, if anyone can provide better resolution on the taxonomy, please speak up!

BenjaminKabel
BenjaminKabel 7 years ago

It wasn't drawing anything through the shell. We found several leeches on several turtles, which would hook on just under the marginal scutes around the hind legs. This one was just cruising along.

TylerHake
TylerHake 7 years ago

Never seen one on a turtles shell before. Only ever seen them on the legs or other "sensitive" spots. Cool!

alicelongmartin
alicelongmartin 7 years ago

Is he actually getting something through the shell? Nice fat leech!

BenjaminKabel
Spotted by
BenjaminKabel

Oklahoma, USA

Spotted on May 29, 2013
Submitted on May 31, 2013

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