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American Dog Tick

Dermacentor variabilis


This is an adult female dog tick. Female American Dog Ticks are reddish-brown and have a white or yellowish pattern on their scutum.


My son picked this tick up while we were hiking through a grassy field at Greenwich Audubon.


Dog ticks are frequently found in areas with little or no tree cover, such as in fields and along trails. They feed on a variety of hosts, including mice, raccoons, cats, dogs, deer, and humans. The nymphs and adults can transmit diseases, such as Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and Tularemia, but they are not competent vectors of Lyme Disease. They can survive for up to 2 years at any given stage if no host is found.

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Christine Y.
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Christine Y.

Connecticut, USA

Spotted on Jun 4, 2016
Submitted on Jun 7, 2016

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