40 Australian Creatures You Never Thought Existed

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Paralysis Tick (Ixodes holocyclus)

Image: Wikipedia – Unfed tick vs. fed tick

Of the 70 species of tick found in Australia, this one is responsible for over 95% of tick bites in Eastern Australia alone. What does this mean? Either they have an unquenchable thirst for human blood, or, there are just so many of the things that contact is alarmingly common. Perhaps it is a terrifying combination of the two. According to the Australian Museum a Paralysis Tick bite  initially causes local itchiness and a hard lump at the site of the bite. Other more serious symptoms present themselves over a number of days whilst the tick continues engorging itself (unbeknownst to you). Symptoms include rashes, an unsteady gait, weak limbs and partial face paralysis.

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