Lice and mites of reptiles
The blood mite is the one occurring most frequently on reptiles. Like birds and mammals, reptiles too can suffer from lice and mites. The blood mite is the one occurring most frequently on reptiles; it is also called blood mite or reptile blood mite. The official name of this blood mite is Ophionyssus natricis. This blood mite looks like a very small spider, which likes to hide in the litter of a terrarium. This blood mite occurs mainly in the following reptiles:
- Bearded dragons
The reptile blood mite is dark red and its size is approximately 1 millimetre. Because it has 8 legs, it looks like a small spider. Usually you recognise the presence of the blood mite because your animals are less active. Sometimes you can see the small larvae in the water basin in the form of small black grains. Photograph them and zoom in on the photo. You will see that suddenly these grains have legs and a head. On the animals themselves you can sometimes see them creeping between the scales.