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Leeches, See a leech flip over in video

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Leeches, blood sucking. Arghh! Lots of people will feel queasy at the sight of this wriggling bloodsucking spineless worm. Found one in my kitchen a few days ago so I decided to take a video of it flipping over.




A leech is a segmented worm that belongs to the phylum Annelida and comprises the subclass Hirudinea. Once it is stuck onto our skin, it has to suck our blood until full before it will naturally drop off. There are many techniques to remove a leech such as to apply a flame, a lit cigarette, salt, soap, or a chemical such as alcohol, vinegar, lemon juice or insect repellents. But these will cause the leech to quickly detach, but also regurgitate its stomach contents into the wound. This womit may cause disease and increase infection.
According to Wikipedia, one recommended method of removal is using a fingernail or other flat, blunt object to push at the side contact with our skin then flick the leech away. As the fingernail is pushed along the person's skin against the leech, the suction of the sucker's seal is broken, at which point the leech will detach its jaws. After that the would can be washed with soap and water.
Leeches have been used a ancient Greece and the 19th century Europe,  to regulate blood flow and to treat a variety of conditions from headache, fever to obesity. The ancient physician's art of using leeches has made a modern medical comeback: the worms help doctors do everything from reattach severed fingers and ears to treat potentially fatal circulation disorders.  Leech therapy 

The one that got into my kitchen is 5 cm long and 2 cm wide.

I saw it was very interesting of how this leech flip over so took a video of it.  Click this link to see  Video of how a leech flip over

There is another meaning of leech in English language that is:
A person who extorts profit from or sponges on others; or who habitually exploits  or rely on others. Example, He is leeching off the abilities of others. From Oxford dictionary
Well, my friend I am sure most of us wouldn't like to encounter either the actual leech or the "human leech". Let's hope there's no one leeching off you now :)

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