Fleas are one of the more common parasites found on new patents at Greenwood. This sectioin covers flea ID, life cycle, transmittable zoonoses, and treatment.
Lice are a wingless parasite with over 3,000 species. This section covers lice life cycle, differentiating between chewing lice and sucking lice, symptoms, and treatment.
Mites affect both mammals and avians and are a member of Arachnidae. This section covers their life history, symptoms, and treatment.
Another arachnid, ticks have 8 legs and 2 body parts. They can pass on many diseases. This section covers tick life history, diseases, and treatment.
Flat flies are obligate sanguinivores (blood "eaters") common on wildlife. This section covers their unique life history and treatment.
These common flies are also sanguinivores. This section covers their life history and treatment.
This quiz is 7 questions long and covers information from the fleas, lice, mites, ticks, flat flies, and carnid flies lessons.
To spot them on an infested animal, you may notice “pepper-like dots” moving along the animal. You may also notice the “pepper-like dots” crawling on your hands when handling the animal.
This picture shows mites crawling on a hand. Note the pepper-like appearance.
Defining Characteristics: 8 legs, typically the size of ground pepper, usually large numbers, under a microscope legs are sprawled straight and flat.
Symptoms: Anemia, skin wounds
If a baby, the mother has been gone a while.
If an adult, it confirm the animal is somehow compromised. Healthy animal will keep mites in check.
Most mite species live on top of the skin and are easily taken care of with a few rounds of topical powder. All cage substrate will need to be changed frequently and re-powdered.