So I wanted to make this thread the official thread the case of the Chupacabra is solved. I have read threads of partially solved, but still open
ended to other speculations what this "beast" is.
I used the search function for this and found no actual solved case thread. So without further adue, here is the article and other research I did that
will clear this mystery up:
CHUPACABRA MYSTERY SOLVED
Instead of being vicious, fanged creatures that supposedly drink the blood of livestock, chupacabras turn out to be wild dogs inflicted with a
deadly form of mange....
IMAGE OF A MANGE MITE
Facts About Sarcoptic Mange Mites
Scientists believe legendary chupacabras monsters are actually coyotes with severe cases of mange...
...scientists conclude that an 8-legged mite that burrows under the skin of coyotes can give these animals the "chupacabra" look... the mite
responsible for the extreme hair loss seen in "chupacabras syndrome" is Sarcoptes scabiei, which also causes the itchy rash known as scabies in
When the mites then transfer to wild dogs, such as foxes, wolves and coyotes, the victims appear to be less able to fight them off....
In these unfortunate animals, large numbers of mites burrowing under the skin cause inflammation, which results in thickening of the skin. Blood
supply to hair follicles is cut off, so the fur falls out. In especially bad cases, the animal's weakened condition opens the door to bacteria that
cause secondary skin infections, sometimes producing a foul odor. Put it all together, and you've got an ugly, naked, leathery, smelly monstrosity:
But what then explains the "goatsucker" livestock attacks?
"Because these animals are greatly weakened, they're going to have a hard time hunting," OConnor said. "So they may be forced into attacking livestock
because it's easier than running down a rabbit or a deer."
Sarcoptic Mange Mites are tiny arachnids (cousins of ticks and spiders) that are parasites of mammals. They cause the disease known as "mange" or
These mites are tiny, only 1/64 of an inch long. They are pearly white in color and oval-shaped. They have spines on their bodies and legs. They have
Sarcoptic Mange Mites spend their entire life on their hosts. The host is the animal that the mite lives on.
Sarcoptic Mange Mites are parasites of squirrels, rabbits, foxes, dogs, humans, and many other mammals.
Scarcoptic Mange Mites use small suckers on their legs to hold onto their hosts.
After mating, female mites burrow into the skin of the host. They use their jaws and front legs to cut the skin. They mites tunnel in the top layer of
the skin only.
Inside the burrow, the female will lay eggs. She lays two or three eggs each day, for up to two months.
Mite larvae hatch from the eggs in three or four days. They immediately crawl out of the burrow onto the surface of the skin. The will stay here,
using the host's hair as shelter. Both larvae and adult mites eat skin cells from their hosts....
So let's look at the fact that a female mange mite lays 2-3 eggs (so 3 eggs let's say) each day for let's say 2 months (60 days).
3 eggs x 60 days = 180 eggs.
You can see how fast these buggers can multiply!
Case Solved. Hope this research helps out ATS.
edit on 14-12-2012 by Skywatcher2011 because: added note