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Posted by geeboo on May 11, 2003 at 17:03:18:
In Reply to: Nemotoads posted by jcgecko on May 11, 2003 at 15:13:29:
Nematodes are the most multicellular animals on earth. A handfull of soil will contain thousands of MICROSCOPIC WORMS, many of them parasites of insects,plants and animals. Free living species are abundant, includeing nematodes that feed on bacteria,fungi and other nematodes, a vast majority of the species encountered are poorly understood biologically. There are nearly 20,000 species of nematode
Nematodes are structurally simple animals. Adult nematodes are comprized of roughly 1,000 somatic cells and hundreds of cells that associate with reproduction. Nematodes have been characterized as a tube within a tube, refering to the alimentory canal which extends from the mouth to the anus. Nematodes posses a digestive,nervous,excretory and reproductive system but lack discrete circulatory or respitory systems. They range in size from 0.3mm to over 8 feet long.
Basically you leo had parasitic worms in it's digestive tract that live off of the waste and bacteria in the leos system. Givin time to reproduce these can multiply in the leo to amazing proportions causing the leo to become extremely ill due to malnutrition.
:VEt says my hypo tang ct has a parasite called nemotoads. SAys we caught it early since she hasn't stopped eating and hasn't los wait but she definitly has a lot of them. If anyone knows anything about these parasites plz post. Thanks