Thursday, 4 August 2011

When you've got an itch ...


I won't spoil the image by telling you how many ectoparasites these pademelons host.

8 comments:

biobabbler said...

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 =)

Calling Ravens said...

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!

mick said...

Very cute - but no I wouldn't want to cuddle it!

Snail said...

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.

Bernie said...

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.

Snail said...

If they're anything like the paddies, half their body weight is parasites!

forestwalk/laura k said...

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! :)

Snail said...

Looks as though it's a very satisfactory scratch!