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Rhipicephalus sanguineus


  • Reddish–brown colour.
  • Elongated body shape.


  • The dog tick is a 3–host tick, so must change host between the 3 stages of growth (larva, nymph and adult).
  • They require only three blood meals to complete development; once at each growth stage.


  • It is found on dogs, in kennels and houses, and occasionally on wildlife, but rarely on humans.
  • In warm areas several generations of tick can be expected per year.
  • The most common places for attachment on dogs are those areas the animal is unable to groom easily.

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