Malaysian Leaches


081A-Malay-leachfoot. 081B-Malay-leachsocks.
Much of our path was also alive with hungry leeches. By looking closely I could actually see tiny quarter-inch leeches in the trail waving about, hoping to attach themselves to animals (us). Many leeches did succeed in capturing all of us — except Betty, who wisely used a repellent around her ankles and the top of her shoes. For the rest of us, when we undressed our socks and ankles were a bloody sight and it wasn't fun plucking off the engorged critters.


photo by Howdy Howard, published in Saved by Bedbugs (2004)