Magazine article Geographical

Survival Tip 4 Terrible Ticks

Magazine article Geographical

Survival Tip 4 Terrible Ticks

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Terrible ticks

The camel has a compelling attraction for the tick and they both come in different shapes and sizes. But in my experience, the worst tick by far is the five-pence-size inhabitant of the Gobi desert. My first encounter occurred as I wandered enthusiastically in search of signs of wild camels at a saltwater spring. I trod heavily and immediately sensed something hostile crawling up my leg. I looked down and saw a multitude of menacing ticks advancing across the salt-encrusted sand. As I backed away, the ticks changed course, in response to my vibrations.

I ran back up a sand dune. My Chinese guide roared with laughter and pointed meaningfully at his groin. Hastily dropping my trousers I picked off two fat invaders, hooked heads poised. They were large, much larger than any tick that I'd ever seen. In comparison to the Little Pepper tick of the African plains they were enormous. …

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