Animals that drink blood


July 25, 2023

Contrary to popular belief, only the female mosquito bites animals and people to feast on blood

The eastern bloodsucking conenose bug is a member of the “kissing bug” family and can be found in North America and Latin America.

Fleas are tiny flightless insects that can leap up to 200 times their body length. They survive by drinking blood and will leap from host to host.

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The hood mockingbird is mainly a scavenger that will eat the eggs of seabirds and animal carcasses killed by other predators like hawks. While they don’t injure other animals in order to draw blood, they will drink from an already wounded animal.

While different types of leeches feed in different ways, and not always from living hosts, the type of leech most people think of when you say the word “leech” is the blood-sucking leech.

The Cooper's Nutmeg attach themselves to the rays, cut through the flesh, and wiggle into the wound to start feeding.

Common vampire bats typically feast on the blood of sleeping livestock such as horses, pigs, and cattle.

Blood-sucking sea lampreys are eel-like creatures with seven gills and two dorsal fins.

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