Australian Paralysis Tick

Adult ticks have four pairs of legs while immature ticks have only three pairs. Ticks may cause the death of warn-blooded animals by introducing toxins into the bloodsteam, or cause non-fatal infections.

There are many species of tick. The Australian paralysis tick is tick specie that distributed mainly along the eastern coast of Australia, from Queensland to Victoria. The Australian paralysis tick Poisoning kills many domestic animals, particularly cats and dogs. Infrequently, this tick causes death to humans.

The adult female tick must have a blood meal in order to produce eggs. A female may lay up to 3000 eggs which hatch in 40-60 days depending on the temperature and humidity. However, the adult male tick does not feed on blood and therefore does not become attached to an animal host and cause it distress. The adult female looks very differently from the adulyt male as the adult female has a large shield that covers its entire upper body surface (the first one from the right on the above image).