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Do ticks have tongues?

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Willie Bay

No, ticks do not have tongues. Ticks use their mouthparts to pierce their hosts' skin and extract blood. These mouthparts can vary from species to species, but in general, from the outside to the inside, a tick's mouth includes: Two palps, which move out of the way during feeding and don't pierce the host's skin Two chelicerae, which cut through the host's skin One barbed, needlelike hypostome Hard and soft ticks both have these mouthparts.

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Do ticks have tongues?

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