It’s the Kinabalu Giant Red Leech of Borneo! This foot long beast isn’t satisfied with merely sucking blood, it swallows its prey whole.



  1. #1 Wesley Dodson
    September 29, 2014


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  3. #3 imr90
    Springfield, MA
    September 29, 2014

    I’ve been a biologist for almost 40 years and my professional opinion is that this is possibly the most disturbing/disgusting thing I’ve ever seen. Can’t wait to use it in a class!

  4. #4 Sam
    September 30, 2014

    It’s pretty crazy that either the prey or the predator in that image actually exist. I do love visiting the tropics, but I am often thankful to be living in a temperate clime.

  5. #5 GregH
    September 30, 2014

    Puny Earthling!

  6. #6 David Marjanović
    Museum für Naturkunde, Berlin
    October 1, 2014

    Big ones like this may be restricted to the tropics, but a close relative half that size is all over Europe. Start here, and then check out the German Wikipedia article if you can (the English one is a worthless stub).

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