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Mites??

Discussion in 'General Tegu Discussion' started by VenusAndSaturn, Apr 5, 2018.

  1. VenusAndSaturn

    VenusAndSaturn Member

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    I took Oreo out while I was watching youtube and I was looking at her and this small tan mite just ran across her head. I don't see anymore on her, I've never dealt with mites so I'm a bit lost at what to do. I also don't see any mites on any of my other animals.

    In the morning I'll throw out her substrate and replace with paper towels just in case, hopefully they're only in her tank if there is more.
  2. dpjm

    dpjm Active Member 5 Year Member

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    I've dealt with mites lots, but never in a lizard. There are some mites that are harmful (called parasitic mites) and some that are not (called soil mites). Parasitic mites consume the blood of the host animal, while soil mites just consume detritus. Hopefully yours are only soil mites. It would be very hard to tell the difference with a naked eye, so your best bet it to take you tegu out and look for more mites. If you see a large number crawling on your tegu then it is most likely they are the parasitic type. Soil mites would occasionally crawl onto your tegu but you would see less of a concentration of them. Parasitic mites would most likely be found in higher concentrations around the nostrils, inner lining of lips, eyelids, armpits, and vent area.
  3. VenusAndSaturn

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    Hopefully it's just soil mites then, I checked all over her today and couldn't find a single mite on her at all. I'll probably go an check her enclosure once I get done preparing my BP's meal and then I'll see if I can find any mites in her tank.

    EDIT- So just checked her enclosure, not a single mite from what I could see on any of her logs, and rocks, none on the edges of the enclosure and from what I saw nothing in her substrate.
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    Are you sure it was a mite and not
    A young nat
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    I doubt it was a young nat, although I sure have a few nats in my room but It definitely resembled a mite.
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    dpjm Active Member 5 Year Member

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    I would not worry yet then, just keep checking on him periodically.

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