Dog Tick or Deer Tick???

Subject: Engorged Tick
Location: Southern Connecticut
February 19, 2013 11:27 pm
Any way for a non-expert to tell the difference between an engorged dog vs. deer tick? Most internet images I’ve seen are very similar.
We found this on our bedroom carpet– we’re not convinced it was actually on our dog.
Signature: Fran Maurais


Hi Fran,
We don’t feel confident enough to distinguish between species of Ticks, but we are posting your images and perhaps one of our readers will be able to supply an answer.  Out gut feeling is that this is a Dog Tick.  You can also search BugGuide for images of Dog Ticks,
Dermacentor variabilis, and Deer Ticks, Ixodes scapularis, are also represented on BugGuide.

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