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American Dog Tick (Male)

Dermacentor variabilis


Adult male American Dog tick - 8 legs, reddish brown in color with a patterned scutum.


Spotted questing along the side of a hiking trail in Peoples State Forest.


Adult dog ticks are active April to August, and can be found questing in tall grass or low lying brush. They typically feed on medium-sized hosts, such as raccoons, skunks, coyotes, domestic dogs, cats, and humans as well. The male ticks blood feed briefly, but do not become engorged. Dog ticks can survive for up to 2 years (at any stage in their life cycle) if no host is found.

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Christine Y.
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Christine Y.

Connecticut, USA

Spotted on May 20, 2017
Submitted on May 29, 2017

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