Baby Leech "Hirudo Medcinalis" 40-Pack

Regular price $120 USD

40 Live Medical Leech BABIES, Type: "Hirudo Medicinalis".This is one of our more popular leech products. While we are not sure why hirudotherapy patients and leech therapy spas and clinics purchase this product, it is very highly sought-after. Babies are sometimes as thin as pins or needles and have recently hatched out of their mother's cocoon. Most baby leeches cannot pierce human skin on their own. If you intend to feed them until they grow up to be cosmetic or small leeches, you need to allow a larger leech make the first bite, after which the babies can attach and feed on that same bite site. Baby leeches can potentially be kept in cold water and looked after as pets without feeding for a while, until they grow slightly larger and more ready to bite human skin. However, in keeping them without feeding, you run the risk of losing a small percentage of them in the process. We recommend you buy leeches as babies, only if you feel confident you know how to care for these tiny bloodsuckers, as they might not be able to bite in the beginning.

UPON ARRIVAL: Immediately transfer your leeches out of the container with special gel and into a jar of cold water! You may use tap or rain water. You may add ice.

HOW TO GET THEM OUT: Pour out the gel with the leeches from the container. If the leeches are still inside, you may add a bit of cold water and swoosh everything around vigorously. If they are still stuck to the walls, you may try to use your fingers. Regular tweezers may harm the body of the leech, so they are not recommended for use - its best to purchase the recommended leech forceps used for easy removal and handling of hirudo medicinalis leeches. In the absence of forcepts, be sure to handle your leeches quickly, so they don’t start sucking blood from your fingers. 

BEST CONTAINER TO USE: Keep your leeches in a large glass (or plastic) jar with a tight lid. The container needs to be filled about 1/3 full of ice-cold water. The lid needs to be always closed. Do not make any holes in the container or lid!

CARE: Change the leech-water at least once a week. Dump out old water by shaking it around vigorously first, with the lid on, until the leeches’ skins come off (they shed their skins about once a week). Skins appear as slimy whitish-clear particles, floating in the water. Carefully pour-out the old water with skins, taking care not to pour out any of the leeches, then, refill the jar again, close and shake. Repeat this process as many times as needed, until all the skins are completely gone and the water is perfectly clear. Fill the jar again with 1/3 cold water (its ok to use tap) and close the lid tightly. Keep the jar with leeches in a cold, partly dark place, away from direct sunlight. During winter, they can be kept outdoors, partly-covering the jars with a towel, to protect from full sun-exposure. We do not advise you to feed your leeches, they can keep for 1 year without feeding. Keep your fed leeches apart from the hungry ones, as they will prey on each other. Be sure to purchase separate jars, to separate your medical leeches properly.