An occasional blog about natural history, travel, books and writing ... and anything else that catches my attention.
okay:1. delightful image. looks like a quiet "ahhh......" smile. =)2. just mentioning ectoparasites kinda made it ooky. I know, I'm a biologist, CALL me a weenie.3. for some reason I just noticed it's "ecto" parasites, as opposed to "endo" parasites, which is MORE ew.But love the picture. Thank you =)
Actually, I lose more sleep about what I might have living in my digestive system! Oh the things we Don't know!! Blessed, blessed ignorance. LOL!Love the photo...thanks for the smile!
Very cute - but no I wouldn't want to cuddle it!
Fleas and hippoboscid flies. I know this because I occasionally get a flea if I walk where the paddies sit (which is pretty much everywhere in my garden). The flies crawl in an out of the fur, so are quite obvious. They tend not to move very far from the host, so haven't transferred to me (yet). Also leeches, ticks and mites ...Now I'm feeling itchy.
I've often wondered about the parasites on the wallabies that live all around us. They've often got an itch just like your little one.
If they're anything like the paddies, half their body weight is parasites!
it kind of makes me itch right now...thinking of all the little critters in that fur...sucking on the skin...yikes! 'scuse me while i go rub my back against a tree...OH!! CUTE shot!!! he's smiling! :)
Looks as though it's a very satisfactory scratch!
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