Most people are pretty happy to share their homes with dogs and cats. Redditor introvertedbiologist, however, isn't like most people. When the time came for her to get a pet, she decided to go a different route.
No, she didn't get a giant spider or a hoard of ferrets -- she bought a couple of pet leeches. Not what you were expecting, right?
She has two different species of leech, and they need to be separated. The first is Vlad. Here he is hanging out in his little bowl.
Vlad is what you might call a "traditional leech," in that he only eats blood. Here is a picture of introvertedbiologist feeding Vlad, which she says she does for about 20 minutes every month.
Fun fact: leeches can go up to a year without eating.
After his monthly feeding, Vlad is too fat to move, so he just hangs out on the rock in his bowl for a while.
Introvertedbiologist describes the feeling of Vlad feeling on her as a sharp burning sensation. Still, that doesn't put her off. She says that she enjoys the process and the level of intimacy it brings. So there's that.
Her other leech is a pond leech named George, which you can see below.
In their natural environment, pond leeches look a little something like this...
George's bowl is a little cooler than Vlad's because he likes to burrow under the rocks. Introvertedbiologist has to keep them separated because they are different species. George would likely attack Vlad and try to feed on him if they shared a bowl.
Well, that's pretty creepy, to say the least. I see how leeches could make pretty good pets. I'm just not sure how I would deal with having to feed them when the time came.