Unknown Tasmanian Tick
Location: Tasmania, Australia
February 1, 2011 8:47 am
Hello, I found this in my house, and was at first very puzzled by it. Looking at it now I think it must be some sort of tick, but I hope it’s not dangerous. I would be very grateful if you could help me. Thank you.
Signature: Joseph Vince

Tick or Mite???

Dear Joseph,
You are correct.  This is a Tick.  Ticks are blood suckers and there are many blood born pathogens, so Ticks are vectors for many viral diseases.  We cannot say for certain that this Tick is dangerous, but we would urge you to use caution where Ticks are concerned.

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2 Responses to Tick or Mite from Tasmania

  1. Michael says:

    I actually found a few of these and initially thought it was a tick. I did a fair bit of research and determined that it is actually a predatory mite which does not feast on humans but instead on other small creatures – insects etc.

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