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LEECHES by scythemantis LEECHES by scythemantis
I've finally, after all these years, written an article on the animals my website is named after: [link]

Here we have the three most common categories of leech:

-"Proboscis" leeches feed through a telescopic, tongue-like tube and may be bloodsuckers, predators or scavengers.

-"Pharyngeal" leeches have toothless, expandable mouths and swallow earthworms whole.

"Jawed" leeches have up to three opposing, tooth-lined, wheel-like jaws and may also be carnivores, scavengers or parasites, including the "medicinal" leech.

All forms of leech may have from zero to eighteen eyes!

Again, read the article for more, and leave a comment on it if you can! [link]
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AskEmberFlametongue Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
The worm's like "Bitch, please."
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Jinjuch Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013
I love how the earthworm looks like it's saying: "Not cool, man"
I also like how the 'jawed' leech appears to be checking out the viewers.
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muura Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013  Professional General Artist
Blawawwwdawwww so cute.
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asya173 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013  Student General Artist
Oh my glob THAT PROBOSCIS LEECH.
I just want to hug it until its guts squish out.
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Chamjari Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013
Your interest goes beyond insects. What's the Latinate field of study just for those who study small creatures outside of entomology?
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scythemantis Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I think some people call themselves "invertebrate zoologists," but I also love a lot of vertebrates, so I'd probably technically just be a general zoologist/biologist. That's more easy for me to get a degree in anyhow; a lot of entomologists are just zoologists who happen to focus on insects :)
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Delcat Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013
D'aaaw, look at the goofy little guys.

I had a massive phobia of leeches when I was a kid (which I obviously got over), but I don't think I would have been scared of these cuties even back then. They so clearly want hugs!
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kingcarnagh Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
they're all so cute!
i love all parasites, but leeches are definately among the most iconic.
i can't believe you didn't write an article on them sooner, your entire website is practically named after them! XD
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Luckydog34 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
The Jawed leechs are certainly the most wonderful leeches.
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GalacticGoat Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:o pretty neat. leeches are awesome... well as long as they don't start nomming on me.

Anyway love the style here, they look derpy but cute.
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