Leech feeding

Leech feeding

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Credit: ALEX HYDE/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Leech (subclass Hirudinea) feeding on human blood. Leeches attach themselves to the skin using suckers and create a wound with their three sharp jaw plates. Their saliva contains hirudin, a chemical which prevents the blood from clotting. Photographed in Danum Valley, Sabah, Borneo, Malaysia.

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