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The Flea
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The Flea

Responsible for spreading the bubonic plague, the tiny flea cannot be underestimated. This parasite multiplies incredibly fast and can drink 15 times its weight in blood. Leaping 150 times its own body length, the flea is the best jumper on the planet.

Discover more creepy flea facts — and how to fend off these disease-carrying blood-suckers.

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Flea 1.5 Game

Flea 1.5 Game

See how many levels you can achieve in this fun game. Time your flea’s jump to avoid spikes and pick up coins. More...

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Armor Games
Mystery of the Black Death

Mystery of the Black Death

Carried by flea-infested rats, the bubonic plague killed a third of Europeans in the 14th century. So why was it less deadly in the 17th century? See how scientists cracked the case. More...

Article
Secrets of the Dead
Flea Biology and Control

Flea Biology and Control

Covered with sensory hairs and spines, fleas can detect vibration. Investigate other body parts and major species; then get a close-up look at adult fleas, larvae, and pupae. More...

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Expert Witness/Entomology
Flea Photos: What Do Fleas Look Like?

Flea Photos: What Do Fleas Look Like?

Browse through microscopic photos of common fleas, learn their body parts, and protect your pet by knowing the signs of flea infestation. More...

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Pet Informed
Flea’s Jumping Ability Explained

Flea’s Jumping Ability Explained

A 50-year-old debate about how fleas jump is finally settled. High-speed footage reveals this parasite’s secret. Take a look. More...

Article
BBC
How Fleas Work

How Fleas Work

Fleas have many adaptations that make them hard to kill. Examine their life cycle, anatomy, and why they can be dangerous. More...

Article
HowStuffWorks
I Didn’t Know That: Secret Life of Fleas

I Didn’t Know That: Secret Life of Fleas

In one month, 25 fleas can multiply to a quarter of a million. Their diet? Fresh, warm blood. Watch this entertaining video for more amazing flea facts. More...

Video
National Geographic
Miriam Rothschild, High-Spirited Naturalist

Miriam Rothschild, High-Spirited Naturalist

Miriam Rothschild was a renowned naturalist and world authority on the flea. Read about her amazing life and groundbreaking work. More...

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New York Times
What Are the Best Methods to Control Fleas on My Pet and in My House?

What Are the Best Methods to Control Fleas on My Pet and in My House?

Is your furry friend bringing home fleas? Try banishing those jumpy pests by following these tips from a veterinarian. More...

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About.com
Xenopsylla cheopis (Plague Flea)

Xenopsylla cheopis (Plague Flea)

Xenopsylla cheopis is one of the fleas responsible for spreading bubonic plague. Find out how it transmits the disease and where this bug lives today. More...

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Natural History Museum

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