Feeding and Naming a Leech.

I've recently come upon Leech.
I've got it in a proper home, and is behaving normally. My main concern is feeding it properly.

I've got some frozen sardines in my freezer from a tackle store. If I open the gut, and put the leech in, will it eat that? Any other solutions? I've read they eat earthworms but there aren't many in my local area.

It doesn't have a name either. Any ideas? 😊

-Many thanks!

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6 days ago #2
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Oh my goodness I never thought leeches were so cute!

I never see them in Canada.

Anyways, I'd assume that it would eat it. Never hurt to try!

For some reason my brain is screaming "MICE!!" and I don't know why. Perhaps it would like live mice?? Hope not! But that's just my brain being a crazy kid again!

If the fish gut doesn't work, try some feeder fish. But quarantine them for about a week first, don't want Leech to get sick! (I can't think of creative names on anything lol)

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6 days ago #3
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Leeches eat/drink blood. You could supply your own.

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6 days ago #4
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My question is why?

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6 days ago #5
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Kaitlin,

Isn't it! I'll post some videos of it swimming, it's pretty cute! I live in southern California. And they're STILL particularly rare. I had a short discussion with some of the workers at my local Petco, and they too were absolutely flabbergasted.
I think that this leech is too small for mice however. It's actually on my ring finger in this picture. That ring on my hand is a size too small for me so it's on my pinky-finger.

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6 days ago #6
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Carley,

I'd learned a great deal before about self feeding to leeches. I was ready, had a cup 'a' joe, and put the leech on my arm where my skin is thinner.
And waited.
And waited.
And waited.

It didn't take me long before it occurred to me, that he could get through my skin!

1 minute of the same spot resulted in a pink blemish.
5 minutes of the same spot resulted in a darker pink blemish.
7 minutes of the same spot resulted in no change.
9 minutes of the same spot resulted in no change.
So on an so forth.

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6 days ago #7
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Christi,

It mostly fascinates me. I try my hardest to appreciate all aquatic life. And I'm not saying you don't in anyway. You probably do more than I, hahaha.

Regardless, I try to find uniqueness and bizarre fish and creatures as friendly and homely. I took this leech to learn and experience a different aquarium creature. I never found it as particularly gross or anything. Worms don't bother me very much. And it hasn't disturbed any of its surroundings either. It always wants to find a new spot to stay, so it moves constantly. It makes for a great visual aquarium pal. 😊

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6 days ago #8
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Interesting. I guess I find my thoughts about it in the same frame as people who get excited over becoming a host to a botfly or tapeworm. I’m not at all creeped by worms and most insects, but leeches are just one of those things that I will never understand.

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6 days ago #9
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Where I am from, leeches are not uncommon. The majority of species are vegetarian and small. The parasitic kind are much larger, like the critter you found.

Vegetarian leeches are part of a healthy ecosystem. The parasitic kind, in large quantities, are a sign of problems in an ecosystem. Obviously, parasites are part of nature, but their presence can signify the health of a body of water. Too many of them, means not enough predators and makes it difficult for fry and juvenile fish to thrive.

When I see a parasitic leech, I destroy it, or use it as bait. 😊 We grow the big black and green kind around here for fishing!

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6 days ago #10
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amneris3,

Is mine a herbivore? I'll give it a shot. But I'd really like to know how to feed it properly.
I'll post some video and pictures later.

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Your new pet looks like a blood sucker. It needs a host. 😲 I am assuming they look for heat signatures? Needs warm blood. *Barf*

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You could try and supply it some raw meat or something. You might also give it a shot and feed the leech some lettuce?

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6 days ago #13
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Also try zucchini!

All of my pets love it! Fish, birds, dog, etc. (Even though I paniced when my birds nommed on the zucchini I was waterlogging for my Mollies..)

If it's a parasitic leech after all, maybe try feeder goldfish? Just one to start off with.

If it likes it, start quarantining some.

If it doesn't, just return it to your LFS.

I'm actually learning things about leeches today!

Nobody I know has ever encountered one, this is close enough for me! Lol!

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If that's anything at all like an Aussie leech it has just fed .
Looks exactly like one to me.
When hungry they are the size of a match ,they eat blood and grow ten times the size.How long they go between meal is only a guess but I think weeks and weeks not days.
On your skin they fall of When full or a flame comes near.Dont pull it off or it leaves its teeth behind.

Nice not ,but I have pet snails for the first time in my life.

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I haven't been able to get it to eat meat. It's in a tank with two adult amano shrimp and a baby crawdad. It hasn't bothered them at all...
HOWEVER! There are some holes near where the leech likes to hide on my stock of live bamboo. Although its possible to be the crawdad, I very much doubt it. It's too small to eat something so big. Not to mention that the amano shrimp don't eat the bamboo. I'll keep you all posted. 😊

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Also, it's been officially named "Bizarro". A weird creature deserves a weird name.

I'm going to try three separate experiments for discovering and determining it diet.

1). Holding finger in secluded container with it for attached for ten minutes.

2). Same as 1, but out of water.

3). Record differences with the bamboo over time.

Will keep you all posted. Thanks! 😉

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