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Mange (pronounced /ˈmeɪnʒ/) is a class of persistent contagious skin diseases caused by parasitic mites. The term is sometimes reserved for the infestation of domestic animals. Another term used to describe mite infestation is acariasis.
These mites embed themselves either in hair follicles or skin, depending upon their type. They generally infest domestic animals, including dogs and cats and also other canines, livestock (such as sheep scab), wild animals and even humans (such as scabies).
Physical descriptions of the creature vary. Eyewitness sightings have been claimed as early as 1995 in Puerto Rico, and have since been reported as far north as Maine, and as far south as Chile. It is supposedly a heavy creature, the size of a small bear, with a row of spines reaching from the neck to the base of the tail.