Can a tick change color depending on the color of the dogs fur color?

Question by Luv2no is in the house: Can a tick change color depending on the color of the dogs fur color?
I went to the vet today with my Aunt and the doctor brought out a white tick, and stated that she had never see a white tick before. The receptionest then said that she had pulled many ticks of different colors off her dog, which had many colors in its fur. I then made a statement about ticks changing colors and the vet wasn’t even sure.

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Answer by Lady M
No they are not color change. They do come in different types which can be different colors, the white was a genetic mutation, white in the wild would not last long its too easily seen by predators.

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2 Responses to Can a tick change color depending on the color of the dogs fur color?

  1. Leu says:

    No – a tick can not change its colour – if any colour change occurs it would normally be minor and due to the blood build up in its body.

    There are various species of ticks and they do vary in colour – there is only one that has a white spot on it called The Lone Star, the rest tend to be darkish browns. Some of the ticks would tend to be found elsewhere rather than on a dog.

    So, what your vet found is clearly not a tick….unless it was during the development stages of its life and not a fully grown tick…….

    ….maybe it was a very unique tick.

    I hope that helps you out.

  2. DAS says:

    I have seen many ticks and have never heard of or seen any ticks change color to blend w/ the environment. The white one must be a strange occurance of nature which happens sometimes. They do lighten a bit when they swell w/ blood as the skin stretches, but not to the point that they turn white. Interesting question!

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