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#1 babettebeau


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Posted 11 November 2017 - 12:17 PM



I have a few questions on tics:

  1. Do Hermann tortoises who are born, reared and live in the UK get tics?
  2. If yes, how do they catch them?
  3. Where do the tics attach on the torts?
  4. Are the tics a threat to the tortoise's health and life?
  5. How do you remove safely a tic from a tortoise?
  6. What is the most likely season when tortoises can get tics on them?
  7. What is the favourable environment which attracts tics?
  8. How do you prevent tics?
  9. How does a tic on a tortoise in the UK look like (if you have a picture)?


Thank you


PS: My young tortoises have no tics, I am asking only to educated myself.

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Posted 11 November 2017 - 12:49 PM

I’ve never seen them in this country on torts Alex, but was involved in removing African bont tics from a Heathrow seizure once. That was a nightmare, given the strength of leopards. Because torts are so slow and often dig into scrapes in land occupied by wild mammals they simply crawl onto them and dig into the skin where it’s less scaly such as the tops of the legs. They usually only pose health problems in large numbers. We put a tiny dab of meths on the ones at the sanctuary which often makes them release the grip then you can remove them easily with little fork shaped tweezers. You have to be careful not to leave the head in, sometimes it takes a couple of attempts. I’m not sure of a breeding season for tics, but they can attach to dogs at any time. There’s no deterrent that’s safe with torts, you just have to avoid areas frequented by deer and sheep. In over thirty years I’ve never had them on my torts :)

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