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Wonderful Wacky Water Critters

Leech

leech

Can you imagine one of your friends clinging onto you, sucking your blood and increasing in weight by five times! That's what some leeches do! A leech can cling onto sticks, stones, an animal or even you by means of a suction cup. After attaching to an animal, the leech scrapes open a little hole in the skin of its host and releases a chemical that keeps blood from clotting. This leech's strange feeding habit puts it into a special category called a parasite. Other leeches eat a more "civilized" diet of dead plants and animal matter. The presence of a lot of leeches is a sign of mucky bottoms. The leech does not have gills or lungs. It gets oxygen through its skin. Many fishes find leeches great food, they're an important part of a pond's food web.

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