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Common name: European Hedgehog Tick

Scientific name: Ixodes hexagonus


Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Anthropoda

Class: Arachnida

Order: Ixodida

Family: Ixodidae

Genus: Ixodes

Species: I. hexagonus


Would you like to learn about a tick that can increase its original body weight by 35 times!


This tick lives in western Europe and feeds on the animals that are there. It can also lay up to about 18,000 eggs.


No one really knows the population of this animal. Its habitat is in western Europe on animals like cats and dogs.


This animal feeds on cats, dogs, foxes, and hedgehogs. It's a nocturnal animal that feeds on the blood of its host at night. This tick transfers a disease called Lyme disease that gives you headaches.

No one really knows much about this animal, but this tick is very interesting.




"Hedgehog Zoonoses - Vol. 11 No. 1 - January 2005 - Emerging Infectious Disease Journal - CDC." Hedgehog Zoonoses - Vol. 1

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