What is the life cycle of a scabies mite?

Updated: Oct 13, 2020
  • Author: Megan Barry, MD; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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The scabies mite is an obligate parasite that completes its entire life cycle on humans. Other variants of the scabies mite can cause infestation in other mammals, such as dogs, cats, pigs, ferrets, and horses, although they can irritate human skin as well. However, they are unable to reproduce in humans and cause only a transient dermatitis.


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