The Dog Flea (Ctenocephalides canis)

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The Dog Flea (Ctenocephalides canis) is an external parasite which can be found in the fur of both dogs and cats.
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The whole flea.

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The adult female flea reaches a size between 2 and 4mm. Males are a little smaller, 2-3mm. They are wingless insects with a flattened body. Their chitin exoskeleton is resistant to pressure. Both sexes feed on the host’s blood. The fleas produce eggs out of which the larvae hatch. The larvae are between 1-6mm long (depending on the stage of the life cycle), and do not possess legs.