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Thursday, June 19, 2008

...lovely welcome gift...

ticks. what the heck? we've been here almost 4 weeks, and steve has already found 2 ticks on his body! YIKES. i have to be honest, and tell you that this grosses me out. i don't want ticks anywhere near me. i'm a certified chicken. i don't think i've ever had a tick, and i'm horrified at the thought of pulling one out of my body.
see that pic? a feeding tick can increase in size more than twentyfold in just a few days. it's really quite disgusting. AND, ticks lay 4000 to 6000 eggs at a time. even more frightening.

something else i've recently learned of georgia-- the state of georgia boasts the world's largest tick collection in statesboro at the smithsonian institute tick museum. what?? you've GOT to be kidding me.  i'm quite surprised there is such a place- a TICK museum? 
welcome to georgia, where you can have a tick of your own. or maybe even two or 4000. and bonus-- learn about them in the process in statesboro.

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