What Do Ticks Look Like?

If you have ever wondered, "What do ticks look like?", these various pictures will help you recognize them.

Depending on what type of tick it is, they will be different sizes from the start, but as soon as you see one, you will easily recognize all of them. 

what do ticks look like, photo of a tick on a leaf
pictures of tick bites, picture of tick biting a person

All ticks are rather small, but some are tinier than others.

They are flat with 8 legs, and have a hard shell to their bodies. 

They look different depending on whether they have eaten or not.

what do ticks look like, engorged tick on skin

The tick bite pictures I have posted here are before and after views.

When they eat, they swell up many times larger than their original size. 

Then they look almost like a round or oval shaped stone.

You can see that these pictures make them look drastically different. 

pictures of ticks, an engorged tick

One is of a picture when it has just attached itself to its victim. 

Notice that only the tip of their mouth gets inserted into their prey. 

This makes them easily undetected, as their bite usually does not hurt.

The other tick photos are after the tick has engorged itself on blood. 

Once it is full, it lets loose and falls to the ground. 

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