The World Of Khoras - Fauna and Flora - Fauna - Forest

Tree Leech

Other Names -
Climate/Terrain Swamp and forest
Frequency Rare
Organization Solitary
Activity Cycle

Any

Diet Carnivore

Physical Description

A 2 foot long swamp leech that attaches to certain species of trees and feeds on the sap. These things have colorful feathers-like tissues that fold back along the body. When threatened, these leeches extend these feathery fins and hiss a warning and shake their feathers to warn away predators. Hidden among the feathers are small thorn-like projections piercing the skin. These are usually only visible when the feathers are extended.

 

Combat

These leeches are dangerous. The thorn like projections are actually stingers. They are sharp and venomous. Being stung by one will make you very sick for days.

Geographic Distribution and Habitat

Tree leeches are native to the Mist Forest, but can also be found in the Darkwood. These creatures crawl up the trunks of trees, chew through the bark and fasten themselves so that they can feed off of the sap and nutrients from the tree.

Ecology

Tree leeches feed on the sap and nutrients found in swamp trees. They will also feed on burrowing insects. At the same time, they help the trees fight infection. It is a symbiotic relationship.

Tree leech feathers are occasionally used as decoration in clothing. Noble ladies of Carrikos have been known to favor such feathers on hats and dresses.

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