Re: NANFA-- Re: nanfa V1 #1345 (leeches)

Bruce Stallsmith (
Fri, 26 Jul 2002 15:21:21 -0400

Many leeches have some kind of host preference, but most are still attracted
to any endotherm at hand. Maybe I've lead a charmed life to date, I've never
been had by leeches... but I've done a lot of work in salt marshes and
highland streams both of which are light on leeches, and I've worn waders
for much pond research as protection against broken glass rather than

My big phobia here in the southern bend of the Tennessee Valley is water
moccasins... now THAT'S a PROBLEM! But I'm out with Steven Ellis a lot, who
has taken to always packing a machete. Alright!

--Bruce Stallsmith
Huntsville, AL, US of A

>Bruce, I'm not sure what "primary target" means, but the leeches in the
>creeks I frequent must be opportunists. Anyone who spends time in the
>water, especially in places with vegetation, will end up with leeches.
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