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»Laurie O'Keefe DescriptionGeneral life cycle of the Black-legged tick (Ixodes scapularis), also known as the deer tick. 4 stages of development (egg, larva, nymph, adult) and 3 hosts occur over a 2 year cycle. A blood meal is necessary to progress to each successive stage of the life cycle. If a tick feeds on a small mammal (white-footed mouse) infected with Borrelia burgdorferi, a bacteria, it may reinfect its next carrier such as a deer, dog, or human, and transmit Lyme disease. Keywordstick, lyme disease, nymph, parasite, borreliosis, spirochete, deer tick, wood tick, pet health, vaccination, pet, dog, deer, white-footed mouse, disease transmission, veterinary Media Color Categories Medical, Science, Veterinary Subject(s) Entomology, Mammals, Vertebrates, Anatomical, Pharmaceutical, Advertising, Editorial, Institutional, Storybook Medical Illustration