Ticks

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Where do ticks live?

Some ticks remain for most of their life on a single animal, but many others hide within or near the nests or burrows of their hosts when they’re not actively blood feeding. Many other kinds of ticks are outdoors in areas of high grass, brush, around woodpiles, in forested areas, or even in deserts and around beaches. Some ticks are brought into households from a pet, like a dog or a cat.

How do ticks feed on their host?

Ticks satisfy all of their nutritional requirements on a diet of blood, a practice known ashematophagy. They extract the blood by cutting a hole in the host's epidermis, into which they insert their hypostome.

Tick life cycle! (How it reproduces)

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The hosts of choice for a tick

Ticks can feed on mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians. Most ticks prefer to have a different host animal at each stage of their life.

Special adaptions to deal with its host

A tick's body is small and relatively flat, so it's easy for it to attach itself to a host and eat its fill before the host notices. Adult ticks have eight legs, each of which is covered in short, spiny hairs and has a tiny claw at the end. These spines and claws have two main purposes. They help ticks grasp blades of grass, leaves, branches and other vegetation. They also allow ticks to grasp their hosts.

Size of ticks

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Facts

Ticks are divided into two families: hard ticks and soft ticks. In hard ticks, the mouthparts are visible from above. Hard ticks are parasites primarily of mammals but are also found on birds and reptiles.Many people group ticks into the same category as fleas and mosquitos. However, ticks are really arachnids. Adult insects have three pairs of legs, and their bodies are made up of three segments: the head, the thorax and the abdomen. Arachnids, on the other hand, have four pairs of legs. Spiders are also arachnids, but ticks aren't spiders.