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Pets Should Steer Clear of Eating 17-Year Cicadas May 17, 2013
Brood II Cicadaas
Anyything more than a light snack of cicadas could cause health problems for pets.
Animal health experts are warning people living along the East Coast of the United States not to let their pets eat too many of the billions of cicadas that are emerging across the region.

Every 17 years at this time, like clockwork, Brood II cicadas crawl out of the ground from North Carolina to New England.

“As tempting as bugs may be, the outer skeleton of the cicada contains a tough material called chitin that is problematic when eaten in large quantities,” cautioned Brian Collins, of the Cornell University Hospital for Animals.

He said that chitin is also found in lobster shells, and eating too much could cause cats and dogs to experience vomiting or constipation, which would require a visit to the vet.

Photo: CC/Martin Hauser