Leech Eats a Water snail

This leech was hanging around the pond attached to a new water lily. I put it in the petri dish to have a look under the scope – left a small snail in the dish too. Needless to say the leech emptied the contents of the snail shell over half an hour or so. In 15 minutes its intestines darkened and you could see the food through its translucent body. A few photos are more revealing. It is about 11mm long.

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