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I was showing a mate all the small frogs and tadpoles we have in our pond (a lot of 'em!). I turned over a lily pad to find our pond also has Leeches!! :shock:

Never seen a Leech in the flesh before, and was completely surprised to find them in my little pond in S.E. England! I thought they lived in marshland in hot countries. :confused:

Needless to say, I'm a little bit more careful/aprehensive about sticking my hand in the pond (to catch the tadpoles/frogs) from now on. :yes:
 

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Leeches have creeped me out since I saw that scene in "Stand by Me".
 

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My first and only time I came across leeches, or should I say that they came across me. Was in 1967. A little while ago...

I was swimming in a stream in Vermont, I think. When I got out there were probably eight or nine on me. :shock: YIKES! Fortunately, they don't care for matches or fire. A little warming action, and they dropped off. And don't you know that we experimented to see what they looked like all toasty... :angel: :yes:
 

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So what do they look like all toasty?
 

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Not much different as I recall. They are apparently denser than I ever thought. Took a while with matches to get them to krinkle up and die. Also, they don't move around or flip to get away from the heat. Just lay there and take it. :shrug:

I guess they can swim, but out of water they are helpless. Maybe they flail about autonomically to move in the water. Or they don't have any sensor nerves on the outside? IDK.
 

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:bump:

Just wanted to try out this new smiley!
 
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