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Leeches and my other pets

Discussion in 'Insects, Other Invertebrates & Arthropods' started by MTA, Apr 20, 2017.

  1. MTA

    MTA Arachnopeon

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    Hirudo nipponia this species sucks blood.

    Whitmania pigra eats snails, and prefers ones without operculums

    Whitmania edentula eats same stuff as W. Pigra

    Erpobdella probably, they scavenge dead animals and eat other invertebrates

    Orobdella sp. Eats earthworms

    Pomacea canaliculata, channeled apple snail

    Hydrophilus acuminatus eating sweet potato
     
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  2. RTTB

    RTTB Arachnobaron Active Member

    A leech collection. That's really cool. What kind of enclosures do you use for them?
     
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  3. basin79

    basin79 Arachnoangel Active Member

    I love leeches. Would love to own a predatory one.
     
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  4. MTA

    MTA Arachnopeon

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    Thank you, I keep the Hirudo nipponia and Whitmania pigra in plastic animal cages with a few inches of water with container of moss for them to lay their cocoons in. The other aquatics just live in deli cups with some water, I put pantyhose over all the aquatic containers so there is ventilation and so they can't escape. The Orobdella have a layer of soil, a piece of wood to hide under and some moss on top.
     
  5. Umbra

    Umbra Arachnopeon

    Nice leeches! I've kept a few species myself, most have been predators on small aquatic oligochaetes and scavengers.
     
  6. Salmonsaladsandwich

    Salmonsaladsandwich Arachnopeon Active Member

    Neat collection.

    I've tried to keep Macrobdella decora (a beautiful species that I believe to be a mimic of toxic newts) but they don't seem to readily feed on human blood in captivity and I can't stomach feeding them their preferred prey, living amphibians.
     
  7. Umbra

    Umbra Arachnopeon

    I've kept this species as well and they've taken feeder fish, live or freshly killed.
     
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  8. MTA

    MTA Arachnopeon

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    Video of how Orobdella eats.
     
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  9. basin79

    basin79 Arachnoangel Active Member

    Fantastic. Absolutely fantastic. Are there are leeches that prey on insects? I'm guessing not as they'd not be the easiest thing for them to catch but it'd be phenomenal if there is.
     
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  10. MTA

    MTA Arachnopeon

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    I don't think there are any leeches that eat insects, but there are terrestrial nemerteans that do.
     
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  11. Belegnole

    Belegnole Tarantula Guy Old Timer

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    Interesting, I don't believe that I have ever considered keeping leaches as pets. Unfortunately I have spent a lot of time having to remove them and considering them as pests. I can definitely see the draw of keeping them as they are interesting and unique.
     
  12. Ratmosphere

    Ratmosphere Arachnodemon Active Member

    Never heard of anyone keeping leeches before! This is pretty interesting!
     
  13. EulersK

    EulersK Arachnoengineer Arachnosupporter

    I have to ask. For the one that sucks blood... do you let it feed on you? o_O If not, then how to you feed it?
     
  14. MTA

    MTA Arachnopeon

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    Sometimes I let them feed on me I also fill up a sausage casing with warm pig blood and give that to them, they don't always eat off of that though.
     
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