What Do Ticks Look Like?

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Distinctive features of ticks include their eight legs, their pear shape and their brown or red coloration. Find out how ticks can vary between 3 and 30 millimeters with information from an entomologist in this free video on insects and bugs.

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I'm Mike Quinn, I've been an entomologist for twenty years and we're here in Austin, Texas talking about what do ticks look like. Basically ticks, one of the most distinctive features of them is that they have eight legs. They're flattened. They can be as small as three millimeters and after taking a blood meal and becoming engorged, they can swell up to as much as thirty millimeters in length. And they're flattened and generally pear shaped with eight legs and they can be brown to red and sometimes have a variety of white markings. There's about eight species across North America. And the small size and typically if we find them attached to ourselves or our pets and if we see those eight legs then we know that's a tick that we've found.

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