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What kind of ticks are these?I don't know...

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10 Sep 2021

What kind of ticks are these?I don't know where to include the pics
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10 Sep 2021

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Dog Specialist's response
10 Sep 2021
Dr. Scott
Dr. Scott
General Practitioner

Hello there! They look like dog ticks. How large are they? Sesame seed size or M&M size?

10 Sep 2021
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10 Sep 2021
Dr. Scott
Dr. Scott
General Practitioner

I did not see a response to my info request. The pictures you posted look like common American dog ticks. If they are larger than a sesame seed that is what you have found. When full of blood they can be M&M sized.

10 Sep 2021
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10 Sep 2021
There were 2. One is in a bag and one is in the wawa cup.they were small. I think you can see in comparison with the cup size. I removed them with tweezers and their legs moved. It was scary. Do you think these are dangerous? They did not appear engorged. They both had a golden oval pattern by their head.
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10 Sep 2021
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10 Sep 2021
Dr. Scott
Dr. Scott
General Practitioner

Ticks have to be attached and feeding for more than 36 hours to transmit disease. If they were not attached for that long there should not be anything to worry about.

10 Sep 2021
Customer reply
10 Sep 2021
Why do they have to be attached for so many hours in order to be harmful?
10 Sep 2021
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10 Sep 2021
Dr. Scott
Dr. Scott
General Practitioner

The diseases they spread live in their saliva. It takes that long for transmission.

10 Sep 2021
Customer reply
10 Sep 2021
What does the gold oval pattern by their head indicate? The pics can be enlarged to show these.their legs appear segmented with gold
Between the dark brown/black color.
10 Sep 2021
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10 Sep 2021
Dr. Scott
Dr. Scott

It is called the scutum but I do not know what significance it has other than species identification.

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