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Insects on nose of snake - Kathleenum

Insects on nose of snake - Kathleenum
Baker, Okaloosa County, Florida, USA
May 8, 2010
Size: 3 mm
these three insects were found on the nose of a snake. There are two that look like ticks in the heat receptor pit and one other insect sitting at the tip of the nose. The tick-like individuals are 1 mm or less.

Moved from Planthoppers.

Probably H. punctiferum, but there is a second species in FL


Awesome photo!
Really enjoyed seeing this... thanks for posting.

Moved from ID Request.

The nose of a copperhead? I'd love to see another one of those :-) The insect is the nymph of a planthopper of some sort, maybe Achiidae or Cixiidae.

Or Issidae?

three insects on nose of snake
Yes a copperhead, one that was opaque(about to shed). It remained very still as the insect crawled all over, even on its eye.
Thanks for the insect ID!

no doubt in my mind
the ticks are ticks, i often find tiny ticks in lizzards "ears" and they will bite people too. what the other thing is i dunno perhaps it was slated for lunch tee hee

Yes, definitely ticks. They could be little male Amblyomma, from the hint of festoons on the lower one, but it's impossible to really tell from the photo. There are some species of rather exotic reptile ticks found in Florida, too. Did you keep any samples?

ID for ticks on Copperhead
It's usually not a good idea to attempt to take ANYTHING from the heat sensing pit of a Copperhead ;) However you can view the Amblyomma maculatum male(Photo #133847)that I submitted for ID verification after my husband and I both became ill from tick bite that occured at this location a few of years ago. Thanks for considering the Tick ID.

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