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Re: Leeches

From: R Frank Louden <flouden at netusa1_net>

I don't know for sure but they sound like leeches to me. If you observe
these critters swimming and their motion is an up and down undulation (top
to bottom not side to side like a fish usually wriggles) I'd say there is
a good chance they are leeches. As far as changing suppliers, I would be
surprized if leeches are not fairly common hitch hikers when collecting
wild black worms or tubifex. I would like to hear about how to
distinguish and remove these blood suckers from wild collections as I
plan of doing some wild food hunting in the near future. I don't have
enough experience with live black worms or tubifex to know for certain.
Maybe an experienced live food collector will chime in and provide a bit
more than my speculation.

On Sat, 27 Dec 1997, Norm & Susan  wrote:

> We have never had a problem with feeding blackworms and the fish love
> But...we have notice in our last few batches of black worms, that some of
> them were flat and would stick to the container when we rinsed them. It
> didnt dawn on me that they might not be a blackworm because they were
> almost the same color. Until last night when I found 2 large leech-like
> creatures in a mop.The leeches around here are darker, almost black so
> not a local critter. Has anyone else seen these? How dangerous are they?
> Unless you look close, they are easy to miss. Is it time to find a new
> supplier?
> Regards,
> Norm
> Norm Ruebsamen & Susan Stacey      Somers, Wisconsin                       

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