GIANT-SIZE Hirudo Verbana European Bloodsucking Leech (aka the Hungarian Leech). Sold as: Leeches as Pets. Not Suitable for Leech Therapy. The Giant pet leeches is a beautifully colored Hirudo Verbana Medicinalis Blood sucker leech of the European variety. This is the original type of leech that was used in Leech Therapy throughout the whole of Europe. Hirudo Verbana is also believed to be the basis of Bram Stoker's Dracula novel which portrays a human being - a count, who really possessed leech-like behavior and was himself believed to be a leech disguised in human form. Some species of this Hirudo variety leech become very large in size and are preferred kept as leech pets by some people because they are easy to take care of. The Giant leech pets feed on blood of humans and mammals and are at least 1 year of age. Those leeches can go up to a year without feeding as well and when they start moving, they are slower to move about, but much more robust than their smaller Verbana Hungarian leech or Hiurod Medicinalis Medicinal leech counterparts. The giant pet leeches can be fed every 3 to 6 months on your house pet or on your own self, such as on your arm or back of the neck. These leeches will expand to quite a Huge size when fed and full of blood. They suck on the blood fast and very confidently. This pet leech is an experienced bloodsucker and is not hesitant in its biting the chosen area where you've placed it. You can also place it on a dog, cat, sheep, cow or horse to feed from. As it doesn't require that much upkeep and feeding, it is considered the perfect aquatic pet for some who have decided to try something different. The giant hirudo Verbana are intelligent creatures and very lively and fun to maintain and look after. They have a mind of their own and a personality as well. If you are looking for another leech with a personality, the buffalo leech is another alternative to tray and raise as well, although they are much more difficult to maintain and care for. If you purchase two pet leeches of this giant size and you keep them together, they will eventually mate in spring and one might become pregnant and give birth to a leech cocoon full of baby leeches.
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.