nero_design: [www.pbase.com image 800x534]This kid went missing about 20km from the city I live in. Just thought you lads might appreciate the type of leeches we are talking about. They're not exactly small and these two haven't even fed yet. They both climbed over the rim of my gold pan whilst I was panning once.We come across them all the time in the rivers and creeks. They are attracted to moment (they have rudimentary eyes), they are attracted to vibration, they are attracted to body heat and they are attracted to carbon dioxide when you exhale. And there's nothing more terrifying than approaching a creek and seeing literally thousands of moving leeches as they sense your presence and sway backwards and forwards to determine where you are. Seeing two hundred of them break ranks and start to cross a creek to get to you is unnerving. But watching them swim upstream 50 yards to get to you when you are panning for gold is just freaky... until you life your gold pan and find three stuck to the bottom of your pan. And then you know for sure that they're probably in your jeans and working their way to your genitals where the heat signature is strongest.They will literally drop out of trees if they sense you below them, and they can drink you dry (in theory) although I have only seen this happen on CSI.I just throw them to the nearest ant nest and spray my ankles with Deet in the form of "Bushmans" (a powerful carcinogenic insect repellent of legendary strength).Have only been bitten once whilst seeking gold in a creek that was waist deep when I approached a submerged log. These "Tiger leeches" (named due to the stripes) have the largest jaws of the various leeches here and are the most common (I have never seen the other species)... and they are one of the few that you can actually feel biting into you. It stings like an ant's sting at first, then the saliva carries an anesthetic followed by a powerful anticoagulant. In my instance, I waded backwards out of the ...
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