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I found that when I first started backpacking in M...

2009-10-18T14:58:01.920-07:00

I found that when I first started backpacking in Malaysian jungles, I could not feel the bites at all. This seems to be the case for many novices. As I was bitten more and more, though, I developed a greater sensitivity, so that now it does hurt or itch enough for me to detect it.

Great blog, by the way.



Ya, leechbite DO hurt, especially when it bites on...

2008-07-09T03:57:00.000-07:00

Ya, leechbite DO hurt, especially when it bites on the hand. You absolutely can feel its intermittent biting. I think that maybe leeches have some other ways to suppress the feeling and the pain of host, such as unique microstructure of the jaw or simple chemicals that inhibit the reaction of nerves, but not the anaesthetic.

AND HERE I AM, Mark~:)



I was just in Borneo, Mark, and those damned terre...

2008-07-08T05:54:00.000-07:00

I was just in Borneo, Mark, and those damned terrestrial leech bites do hurt. I especially felt the bites around my stomach. I also placed a leech on my hand to see how long it took for it attach (which took less than one minute) and clearly felt that bite.



Great bust! When we were in Malaysia in 2000, my ...

2008-07-07T10:00:00.000-07:00

Great bust! When we were in Malaysia in 2000, my colleague Alison was acutely sensitive to leech bites as well. Four field season in tropical SE Asia will do that to you!