Mite infested chicken legs

  • Michael Frank, Royal Veterinary College
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Mite infested chicken legs. Michael Frank, Royal Veterinary College. Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0). Source: Wellcome Collection.

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Photograph of the legs from a chicken severely affected by the burrowing mite, Cnemidocoptes mutans. The scales on a chicken's leg are normally smooth in appearance, but in this animal the parasitic mite has burrowed beneath the scales resulting in a ragged appearance, distortion of the feet and claws and lameness.

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