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Engorged Raccoon Tick

Ixodes texanus

Description:

Blue grey female tick, ~ 1.5 cm long. (photo color is off, was more grey than aqua).

Habitat:

Suburban back yard.

Notes:

This tick was found on the outer wall at the back of a house in Fremont CA. The odd thing is that the home owner doesn't have a dog. There is an occasional cat visitor, and squirrels and opposums, but no dog.

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textless 9 years ago

Interesting!

oxyjack
oxyjack 9 years ago

Yellow jackets can be nasty. I always give them lots of space. It doesn't take much to get the riled up, and if you squash one, it releases an alarm pheromone that tells its nestmates to attack.

Hema
Hema 9 years ago

We do get Raccoons. Maybe I will look out for these.
My neighbors kid broke a yellow jacket's. As a result my other neighbor had wasps going in thru their chimney into their living room.Some wasps came into our backyard. They seemed really upset and disoriented

oxyjack
oxyjack 9 years ago

Actually, my sister spotted it on the outer wall of my mother's house. We couldn't figure out how it had gotten there (no pets), but then my mother mentioned she gets opossums and raccoons. I looked into raccoon ticks and found a match!

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 9 years ago

Ugly but interesting. Thanks oxyjack.

Hema
Hema 9 years ago

Did the owner bring this tick in to the museum? How did he even notice it?

oxyjack
oxyjack 9 years ago

Thanks Teresa! I think you've solved the mystery! My mother mentioned that she did get raccoons back there from time to time!

ChunXingWong
ChunXingWong 9 years ago

Would be nice if this species could replace the dog ticks in my area.

TeresaBurke
TeresaBurke 9 years ago

OMG. That link to that pic is creepy!! Eeeek! Now I really have insomnia. LOL

TeresaBurke
TeresaBurke 9 years ago

Wow! That's neat. I've never seen one that color before. I wonder if it came from a raccoon or deer? Thanks for sharing. :)

oxyjack
oxyjack 9 years ago

Isn't it? I had the golden book of insects (which I loved) and the golden book of insect pests (which gave me nightmares) as a kid. There was a picture of a female tick laying eggs that really freaked me out as a 5 year old. I still find it kind of bizarre!

Apple
Apple 9 years ago

Wow, I have never seen this before. Thank god. I have dogs and have never seen one.

The link is frightening.

oxyjack
oxyjack 9 years ago

The mosquitos and fleas are the ones I can't seem to avoid. They crave the taste of my blood for some reason.

KarenL
KarenL 9 years ago

Me too - but somehow they always seem to find me! I must be a tick magnet! :(

oxyjack
oxyjack 9 years ago

We've had an unusually dry winter her ourselves. This is the least amount of rain I've seen in the 35 years I've lived in California. I try to stay away from the ticks whenever possible.

KarenL
KarenL 9 years ago

Unfortunately I am very familiar with ticks. I pull about half a dozen deer ticks off me every week in the spring & summer. It's especially bad at the moment as we have had such a mild winter round here.

oxyjack
oxyjack 9 years ago

She may look cute NOW, but she's about to do this: http://news.uns.purdue.edu/images/+2004/...

Not a pretty sight.

KarenL
KarenL 9 years ago

It looks almost cute!

oxyjack
Spotted by
oxyjack

Alameda, California, USA

Spotted on May 21, 2007
Submitted on Mar 12, 2012

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