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Can ticks live on humans?

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Ticks can live and feed on humans, mammals, reptiles, birds and even frogs, according to Clemson University. The larva of a tick will find a host and begin feeding until it is full, at which time it will either fall off or continue living on the host.

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Ticks are not insects. They are parasites, which means they need a host to live and reproduce. Ticks can spread a variety of serious diseases, including Rocky Mountain spotted fever and Lyme disease. More than 80 different species of ticks live in the United States, but only a few of these ever come in contact with humans.

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