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Giant Leech


Huge leech, at least 12" (30cm) in length. Flat, raised ridge down the center of its body,




Spotted this on a nighthike. It was the only leech I saw this large in Brazil. It's normally a leech found in water. My guide said it was moving through the forest to find water. There was no threat of it sucking my blood!

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Juru√°, Amazonas, Brazil

Spotted on Feb 11, 2010
Submitted on Apr 30, 2011

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