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Leeches and my other pets

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

  1. MTA

    MTA Arachnosquire

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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 Arachnoangel 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 Arachnoprince Active Member

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

    MTA Arachnosquire

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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 Arachnosquire 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 Arachnosquire

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    Video of how Orobdella eats.
     
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  9. basin79

    basin79 Arachnoprince 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

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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 Arachnoangel

    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

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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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  15. MTA

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    Hydrophilus acuminatus, or water scavenger beetles made an eggcase last night. The tube is so the eggs get air.
     
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  16. lovebugfarm

    lovebugfarm Arachnopeon

    Ok way cool so do the leeches breed for you in captivity? Are they communal? Is there one that reproduces faster then the others? Which would be the best for handling? I might have leeches in my collection soon....
     
  17. MTA

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    I've bred a Glossiphonia sp, thats about it, but some of my others have a light band around behind their heads which means they could create cocoons soon. Most aren't that communal, they ignore eachother, but some will group together. I'm not sure about reproductive rates, leeches usually create plenty of cocoons though. Leeches usually don't enjoy being handled but larger ones probably would mind less.
     
  18. Spidermolt

    Spidermolt Arachnoknight

    Where do you get the leeches and pig blood from?
     
  19. MTA

    MTA Arachnosquire

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    I got leeches from a lotus pond and a nearby park, the pig blood I just got from the grocery store in the frozen meat section, like where the turkey is.
     
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  20. lovebugfarm

    lovebugfarm Arachnopeon

    Do Erpobdella hunt living inverts or do you give them fresh killed insects? Where did you get the orobdella? Those only eat earthworms right and get fairly large they wouldn't bite a person would they?...Would they bite out of defensiveness even if they don't drink blood? If there isn't someone to buy them from what is the best way to make a leech trap?