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Books and Articles:

  • Halton, Cheryl. 1989. Those Amazing Leeches. Macmillan Publishing Co. New York City. Available from Carolina Biological Supplies. #F645-4341 $16.95

  • Lent, C.M. and Dickinson, M.H. 1988. The Neurobiology of Feeding in Leeches. Scientific American (June) p 98+. Abstract: A single neurotransmitter, serotonin, orchestrates feeding behavior in the medicinal leech. The discovery may illuninate how meurochemicals control behavior in other animals.

  • Stent, G.S. and Weisblat, D.A. 1982. The Development of a Simple Nervous System. Scientific American (January) p. 136+. Abstract: Tracing the pedigree of nerve cells in the embryonic growth of dwarf and giant leeches yields preliminary clues to the functioning of the adult nervous system.

  • Sawyer, R.T. 1986. Leeches. Ward's Bulletin- Spring 1986. (Contact Ward's Natural Science Establishment, Inc. 1-800-962-2660)


The following are available from Ward's Natural Science Establishment, Inc. Contact them at 1-800-962-2660

  1. Medicinal Leech (Hirudo medicinalis) European medicinal leech; over 4 inches in length. Animals are laboratory bred. Please allow two weeks for delivery. For prices on larger quantities, please contact Ward's directly. #87 W 4725 (Each $15.69)

  2. Leeches: between 2 and 4 inches in length. Species as available. # 87 W 4720 (Each $2.49) and #87 W 4721 (Package of 10: $22.65)

    Preserved Leeches: Large, about 4 inches in length. Species normally supplied is Haemopis grandis. #68 W 2402 (Jar of 10: $18.35)

  3. Microscope Slides: Leech Whole Mount. Small specimen. #92 W 1851 (Each $3.50) Ten or more 3.33 each

  4. Microscope Slides: Leech Cross Section. Typical sections showing relationships of structures. #92 W 1852 (Each $3.65) Ten or more 3.47 each

The following are available from Carolina Biological Supplies. Contact them at 1-800-334-5551

  1. Medicinal Leeches (Hirudo medicinalis). Between 2 and 4 inches in length
    #F6-L422 (Each $14.00) $39.95 for three

  2. Leeches. Species available year round.
    #F6-L421 1-2" in length $7.25/3 or $25.85/12
    #F6-2425 for less than 1" in length $5.95/3 or $23.50/12

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