Kurt Bell

A life of courage, joy and independence.

Giant carnivorous mountain leech – Real Japan Monsters

While most people are familiar with the bloodsucking form of leech, the carnivorous leeches do not gain sustenance in this manner and instead use their large jaws to swallow prey whole. This animals favorite food is earthworms which are driven (flooded) from their underground lairs during heavy or prolonged rains and become easy targets for wandering carnivorous leeches. I am by no means an expert on this subject and welcome any corrections and comments which may correct any errors on my part or help better identify this animal. The limited research I have done seems to indicate that the scientific name for this phylum is Pharyngobdellae. You can see a live specimen of this leech in the video below.

Real Japan MonstersWelcome to the Real Japan Monsters channel. My name is Kurt Bell and I am delighted that you have taken some time to share a little of Japan with me. I’m available on Facebook and Google+ if you have questions or just want to chat and say hi. I can also be found at the JVLOG forum with other Japan-related content creators. All links are listed below. I look forward to meeting you on-line. Have a great day!


The Path of WildnessThe Path of Wildness is easy to find
The course of a stream
Leaves blown in the wind
A beast’s track through the brush
And the direction of our first inclination

The Path of Wildness is an answer and response to a prescribed way of life which may leave some individuals with a sense that their living is little more than a series of pre-determined, step-like episodes between birth and death. The stages of living between these events: childhood, adolescence, adulthood, parenthood and senior are themselves natural and in accord with the needs of the species and most individuals. Many find their satisfaction in living this course and to these individuals I have little or nothing to say. Others though long for something more; something innate, genetic and seemingly calling. Adventure and change can give a degree of satisfaction and relief yet even these may seem too tame. To those who feel drawn to something beyond the entertainment and stimulation of senses I offer a walk along The Path of Wildness. Don’t bother penciling the event in your schedule, preparing a pack with goodies and supplies or even inviting a friend along, for this experience is along the course of your first inclination and you must surely always go alone.

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One comment on “Giant carnivorous mountain leech – Real Japan Monsters

  1. crischo
    August 2, 2013

    Nice guys these leeches.

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