Edited By: Pragati Bhandari

Vampire Bat  (Desmodus rotundus)  The vampire bat is one of the most well-known blood-drinking animals. It feeds primarily on the blood of mammals, such as livestock and occasionally humans.

Bed Bug (Cimex lectularius) Bed bugs are small, parasitic insects that feed on the blood of humans and other warm-blooded animals while they sleep.

Leeches Leeches are aquatic or terrestrial parasites that attach themselves to hosts and feed on their blood. They are commonly found in freshwater environments.

Mosquitoes Female mosquitoes require blood for egg development and obtain it by feeding on the blood of various animals, including humans.

Lampreys Lampreys are jawless fish that use their circular, tooth-filled mouth to attach to other fish and feed on their blood and bodily fluids.

Candiru (Vandellia cirrhosa) Also known as vampire fish or toothpick fish, candiru are parasitic catfish that can attach  to the gills or body cavities of larger fish to consume their blood.

Fleas Fleas are small, wingless insects that feed on the blood of their hosts, which can include mammals and birds.

Ticks Ticks are arachnids that  attach themselves to the  skin of their hosts, including mammals, birds, and reptiles,  to feed on their blood.

Red-billed Oxpecker  (Buphagus erythrorhynchus) These birds are known for their mutualistic relationship with large mammals in Africa. They perch on the backs of animals and feed on ticks and parasites, including drinking blood from wounds.

Horsefly (Tabanidae family) Female horseflies require  blood to develop their eggs  and will bite and feed on the blood of mammals, including livestock and humans.