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Cuterebra Infestation in a jack rabbit!

These are Cuterebra larvae that were found buried under the skin in various locations along the neck of this jack rabbit! Interesting to see the various life stages represented here!
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Cuterebra flies will deposit their “sticky” eggs near the rabbit’s burrow. The eggs stick to the rabbit’s fur and then hatch into tiny larvae. Once hatched, the larvae bury into the skin where they continue to grow and develop. They feel like small “lumps” under the skin, but leave behind a classic pore in the skin. We have seen these in dogs too!

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