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Dermacentor variabilis (American dog tick; Common wood tick; Wood tick)

Synonyms: Dermacentor electus; Dermacentor variabilis variabilis; Ixodes punctulatus; Ixodes quinquestriatus; Ixodes robertsoni; Ixodes robertsonii; Ixodes variabilis
Language: French

Wikipedia Abstract

Dermacentor variabilis, also known as the American dog tick or Wood tick, is a species of tick that is known to carry bacteria responsible for several diseases in humans, including Rocky Mountain spotted fever and tularemia (Francisella tularensis). It is one of the most well-known hard ticks. Diseases are spread when it sucks blood from the host, which could take several days for the host to experience some symptoms.
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Prey / Diet

Cryptotis parva (North American Least Shrew)[1]
Didelphis virginiana (Virginia Opossum)[1]
Marmota monax[1]
Mephitis mephitis[1]
Odocoileus virginianus[1]
Ondatra zibethicus (muskrat)[1]
Peromyscus leucopus (white-footed mouse)[1]
Procyon lotor[1]
Sciurus carolinensis (eastern gray squirrel)[1]
Sylvilagus floridanus[1]
Tamias striatus (eastern chipmunk)[1]
Vulpes vulpes[1]


Anaxyrus americanus americanus (Eastern American Toad)[1]
Lithobates sylvaticus (Wood Frog)[1]
Lithobius forficatus (Brown centipede)[1]
Meleagris gallopavo (Wild Turkey)[1]
Notophthalmus viridescens (Eastern Newt)[1]
Plestiodon fasciatus (Five-lined Skink)[1]
Plethodon cinereus (Eastern Red-backed Salamander)[1]


Parasite of 
Blarina carolinensis (Southern Short-tailed Shrew)[2]
Canis latrans (Coyote)[3]
Canis lupus (Wolf)[3]
Canis lupus rufus (Red Wolf)[3]
Chaetodipus nelsoni (Nelson's pocket mouse)[4]
Homo sapiens (man)[5]
Lontra canadensis (northern river otter)[3]
Lynx rufus (Bobcat)[3]
Marmota monax (woodchuck)[1]
Mephitis mephitis (Striped Skunk)[3]
Napaeozapus insignis (woodland jumping mouse)[6]
Odocoileus virginianus (white-tailed deer)[1]
Perognathus flavus (silky pocket mouse)[7]
Poliocitellus franklinii (Franklin's ground squirrel)[8]
Procyon lotor (Raccoon)[1]
Puma concolor (Cougar)[3]
Rusa unicolor (sambar)[3]
Sciurus niger (eastern fox squirrel)[9]
Sorex cinereus (masked shrew)[10]
Sorex longirostris (Southeastern Shrew)[11]
Sus scrofa (wild boar)[3]
Sylvilagus floridanus (Eastern Cottontail)[1]
Tamiasciurus douglasii (Douglas's squirrel)[12]
Taxidea taxus (American Badger)[3]
Urocyon cinereoargenteus (Gray Fox)[3]
Ursus americanus (black bear)[3]
Vulpes vulpes (Red Fox)[1]
Ampelocissus latifolia (American ivy)[1]
Asclepias syriaca (broadleaf milkweed)[1]
Daucus carota (bird's nest)[1]
Digitaria ischaemum (small crabgrass)[1]
Eutrochium maculatum (Spotted Joe-pye Weed)[1]
Fragaria virginiana (Virginia Strawberry)[1]
Hamamelis virginiana (American witchhazel)[1]
Juniperus virginiana (Eastern Red-cedar)[1]
Phragmites australis (common reed)[1]
Phytolacca americana (common pokeweed)[1]
Poa pratensis (Kentucky bluegrass)[1]
Pteridium aquilinum (northern bracken fern)[1]
Rosa virginiana (Virginia Rose)[1]
Rudbeckia hirta (Black-eyed Susan)[1]
Sambucus nigra (European black elderberry)[1]
Smilax rotundifolia (Horse Brier)[1]
Taraxacum campylodes (Dandelion)[1]
Toxicodendron radicans (poison ivy)[1]
Trifolium pratense (Red Clover)[1]
Typha latifolia (Reedmace)[1]
Vaccinium corymbosum (highbush blueberry)[1]


Mexico, United States;



Attributes / relations provided by
1Study of Northern Virginia Ecology
2Blarina carolinensis, Timothy S. McCay, MAMMALIAN SPECIES No. 673, pp. 1–7 (2001)
3Nunn, C. L., and S. Altizer. 2005. The Global Mammal Parasite Database: An Online Resource for Infectious Disease Records in Wild Primates. Evolutionary Anthroplogy 14:1-2.
4Chaetodipus nelsoni, Troy L. Best, MAMMALIAN SPECIES No. 484, pp. 1-6 (1994)
5Jorrit H. Poelen, James D. Simons and Chris J. Mungall. (2014). Global Biotic Interactions: An open infrastructure to share and analyze species-interaction datasets. Ecological Informatics.
6Napaeozapus insignis, John O. Whitaker, Jr., and Robert E. Wrigley, MAMMALIAN SPECIES No. 14, pp. 1-6 (1972)
7Perognathus flavus, Troy L. Best and Marian P. Skupski, MAMMALIAN SPECIES No. 471, pp. 1-10 (1994)
8Spermophilus franklinii, Andrea C. Ostroff and Elmer J. Finck, MAMMALIAN SPECIES No. 724, pp. 1–5 (2003)
9Sciurus niger, John L. Koprowski, MAMMALIAN SPECIES No. 479, pp. 1-9 (1994)
10Sorex cinereus, John O. Whitaker, Jr., MAMMALIAN SPECIES No. 743, pp. 1–9 (2004)
11Sorex longirostris, Thomas W. French, Mammalian Species No. 143, pp. 1-3 (1980)
12Tamiasciurus douglasii, Michael A. Steele, MAMMALIAN SPECIES No. 630, pp. 1-8 (1999)
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