Three instances of reptile ticks parasitising humans

Gerrut Norval, Robert D. Sharrad, Michael G. Gardner

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All ticks are haematophagous, and many exhibit some level of host specificity as adults, usually parasitizing only certain types of hosts. Amblyomma limbatum and Bothriocroton hydrosauri are generally accepted to be ectoparasites of reptiles. Herein, three instances of parasitism on humans by these ticks are reported. The observations confirm that these species will parasitize humans and provide new information about life stages and attachment sites.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)607-611
Number of pages5
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2020


  • Australia
  • Bothriocroton hydrosauri
  • Human parasitism
  • Reptile ticks
  • Amblyomma limbatum


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