here we go...this is the unmentionable one ( my wife said to me, "you
can't put that on the internet", who can't).The Crab louse...as
the picture indicates, the crab louse is almost as broad as long, and
its claws are extraordinarily well developed and together with the shape
of the body give it a crab like appearance. It's preferred habitat
is among the body hairs and particularly in the pubic region.
The large claws are particularly well adapted for gripping these strong
hairs. Crab lice can also occur in the armpits, in beards and
sometimes on eyelids and eyebrows, and indeed they have even been found
among the fine hair on the heads of infants.
female crab louse lays about 25 eggs, each firmly attached to it's own
hair. The development from egg to adult takes about 3 weeks.
Crab lice are sedentary. Having found a suitable place a louse
will seize the host's hair, bore into the skin with its mouthparts and
suck blood several times in succession, with only short intervals.
It will die within a day if removed from its host. There is no
doubt that crab lice are mostly transmitted from one human to another
during intimate relationships. There are however, records of small children
carrying crab lice, so they can be transmitted by other means....
for this problem usually consists of shaving off the hair in the affected
region and an intensive course of hygine, suffice to say it isn't very
nice, especially if other people find out that you have a problem....!
pair of Crab Lice with an egg firmly attached to a hair
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