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Excerpt from A Guide to the Ticks of Mississippi Hard ticks have a four-stage life history. Some ticks complete their development on only one or two hosts, but most Mississippi ticks have a three-host life cycle. A fully fed female tick drops from the host animal to the ground and lays from to eggs. The eggs hatch in about 35 days into a six-legged seed-tick stage, which feeds predominantly on small animals. The fully fed seed ticks drop to the ground and transform into eight-legged nymphs. These nymphs seek an animal host and likewise feed and drop to the ground. They then transform into the adult stage, thus completing the life cycle. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.