The dog flea parasite on canids, mainly in rural areas. The animals are about 2-4 mm long and brownish and feed on their hosts blood. They are flattened on the sides, very smooth and can move quickly in the fur. Dog fleas can jump up to 40 cm wide and 20 cm high. Under perfect conditions (25°C / 80% relative humidity) their development takes about 3 weeks.
Scanning electron microscope, magnification 250: 1
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