11th December 2019

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Do leeches die after feeding?

Most leeches are sanguivorous, that is they feed as blood sucking parasites on preferred hosts. Some feed on the blood of humans and other mammals, while others parasitise fish, frogs, turtles or birds. Some leeches will even take a meal from other sanguivorous leeches which may die after the attack.

Herein, what environment do leeches live in?

The majority of leeches live in fresh water habitats, but some inhabit salt water environments and some can live in moist terrestrial environments. They are hermaphrodites, possessing both sex organs in each individual, but they must cross-fertilize with another of their species to produce viable offspring.

Where are leeches found in Australia?

They are commonly found in dimly lit places. Most leeches live in freshwater but some live on land, in damp areas of tropical rainforests. In Australia's tropical rainforests the most common leech is the land-dwelling jawed leech (Gnatbobdellida libbata). Leeches are hermaphrodites.

What is a Leeches habitat?

Their closest relatives are earthworms. There are over 650 species of leeches. They differ in size, type of diet and habitat. Leeches usually inhabit marshes, rivers and ponds. One fifth of all leeches live in the sea, while certain species live attached to the forest vegetation.
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