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Saturday, September 16, 2006

Lumpy Squirrels - Wolfworm or Bot Fly

I was photographing a squirrel yesterday. No particular reason, except that it was busy munching on a mushroom... got my camera. I wondered how squirrels are so much smarter than humans, to pick the edible mushrooms from the poison ones. I see them a lot in my front yard. However, yesterday as this particular squirrel turned around, I caught something on it, I never expected to.

Would like to know the cause, and if its infectious.

Deformed Squirrel? Mange? Disease?
Hi, I hope somebody can answer this question. I've got a question about a squirrel I caught on camera yesterday. The closest thing I came to on Google was "notoedric mange", and learned it can kill animals if they lose enough hair, but after looking at the photos, it doesn't seem to be what was ailing this particular squirrel.

This squirrel was bare across its shoulders of hair, and had what appeared to be some kind of growth(s) hanging from it's shoulder.

I've never seen anything like this on any squirrels.
I've uploaded about 45 images to Photobucket.
Can anyone shed some light on this?

infected squirrel

infected squirrel

infected squirrel



All images located at Photobucket.com - squirrel

"Jerry Sparks" wrote:

I would suspect that this is a larval infection from a nasty fly. In these parts (i.e., eastern Kentucky) we refer to these larval forms as a "Wolfworm". I have seen this many times in skunks, rabbits, cats, and other small mammals in the area. Check out this web site for further info.

http://botfly.ifas.ufl.edu/abotfly/overview.htm

I hope this helps.

Kudos to you

infested squirrel - bot fly

infested squirrel - bot fly

infested squirrel - bot fly

infested squirrel - bot fly

infested squirrel - bot fly

infested squirrel - bot fly

infested squirrel - bot fly



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1 comment:

Chris said...

The squirrel has a harmless infestation of wolves, or botfly maggots, under its skin. They emerge from the host in the early fall and the squirrel grows his hair back in time for winter. He will suffer this indignation several times during his life. Here in Mississippi some people will not eat a squirrel with a wolf worm in it because they think it is contaminated. This is not true and the meat is as delicious as ever and perfectly safe.