Tongue Eating Parasite

Nov 21, 2012
The Reptile Report
by Robyn

The Reptile Report - Cymothoa exigua (Tongue eating lous) attaches itself to a fish’s tongue.

It starts to suck blood through the claws on its front legs.

As it grows, less blood can reach the tongue and it atrophies.

That’s when the parasite replaces the tongue attaching his body to the muscles.

The fish uses it like a normal tongue.

Check out an entire creepy photo series after the jump. Yeesh.

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