Paralysis ticks


Paralysis ticks, also called dog ticks, shell-back ticks or scrub ticks are a serious parasite occurring on the East Coast of Australia. They inject a toxin causing paralysis that can be fatal in domestic animals, both pets and livestock. The toxin can also affect humans.

The topics in this Primefact include:

  • Life cycle of the Paralysis Tick
  • Effect on animals
  • Controlling Paralysis Ticks on calves

The Primefact also contains pictures of the cattle tick, bush tick and paralysis tick in all stages of their lifecycles.


Primefact 1372 Fifth Edition

Published: May 2020