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Ticks are small, blood-sucking arachnids of the order Parasitiformes, with over 900 known species. They most likely emerged during the Cretatious (65-145 million years ago), and have thrived in warm, humid climates, ever since. Parasites, ticks survive by drinking the blood of their hosts -- typically mammals or birds, occasionally reptiles or amphibians -- an act that in and of itself is typically not harmful, but one that makes them a serious vector for diseases that affect humans and other animals, such as Lyme disease.


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Scientific Classification
Kingdom - Animalia
Phylum - Arthropoda
Class - Arachnida (Subclass: Acari)
Order - Parasitiformes

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