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I am green.

I also tickle and irritate.

I am essential but when in a different avatar I am not.

I live on dogs and in forest.

Who am I ?

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You're

A tick

I am green.

The green tick in SE (the checkmark I hope I'll get).

I also tickle and irritate.

The blood-sucking insect.

I am essential but when in a different avatar I am not.

We all like the green tick, but not when another one gets it.

I live in dogs and in forest.

The tick (animal) lives in the forest and is commonly found feasting upon dogs.

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    $\begingroup$ So this is essentially a rot13(gvpxl evqqyr), not a tricky one, eh? :-) $\endgroup$
    – Phylyp
    Commented Jun 8, 2018 at 12:58
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    $\begingroup$ If this is the answer it makes me wonder why it's in a dog rather than on a dog... $\endgroup$
    – dcfyj
    Commented Jun 8, 2018 at 13:36
  • $\begingroup$ @dcfyj It may be a grammar mistake, many people here aren't native english speakers and we may make weird errors :p $\endgroup$
    – Keelhaul
    Commented Jun 8, 2018 at 13:50
  • $\begingroup$ This is true :P $\endgroup$
    – dcfyj
    Commented Jun 8, 2018 at 13:50
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    $\begingroup$ I edited the question for grammar mistake (changed in to on) $\endgroup$ Commented Jun 8, 2018 at 14:13
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I think it might be

A flea

I am green

The artist named Flea from the band Red Hot Chili Pepper is an environmental activist

I also tickle and irritate.

Fleas are a blood sucking parasite

I am essential but when in a different avatar I am not.

In face of danger it might be essential to flee (different spelling wich could be what you meant with different avatar), though fleas themselves might not appear as essential

I live on dogs and in forest.

Fleas are often found parasiting dogs and in nature

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  • $\begingroup$ Flea is the right answer but your explanation is wrong. $\endgroup$ Commented Jun 8, 2018 at 16:39
  • $\begingroup$ I have written the correct explanation $\endgroup$ Commented Jun 8, 2018 at 16:43
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Could you be

fur / fir ?

I am green.

Fir trees are green

I also tickle and irritate.

Fur can tickle; some people have allergies to pine needles

I am essential but when in a different avatar I am not.

A fir tree cannot live without it's needles; a mammal may survive without its fur

I live on dogs and in forest.

Dogs have fur; forests may have fir trees

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    $\begingroup$ Nice wordplay in your answer! $\endgroup$
    – Phylyp
    Commented Jun 8, 2018 at 15:50
  • $\begingroup$ That is not correct. Sorry $\endgroup$ Commented Jun 8, 2018 at 16:38
  • $\begingroup$ This answer is the most apt one of all, I feel. $\endgroup$ Commented Jun 8, 2018 at 17:04
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I have no full explanation, but something hints that it can be a

tick.

It does tickle, irritate and is naturally found in forests & dogs.

As for everything else,

A tick ☑ is usually green (essential, though?) and has same meaning as naught (○).

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Based on the earlier provided answers and my intuition, I would like to go with

GNAT

As,

It satisfies most of the description and also the highlighted / bold lettered hint phonetically :-)

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    $\begingroup$ Typically for riddles we do line by line explanations to make it clear why you think it's the answer. $\endgroup$
    – dcfyj
    Commented Jun 8, 2018 at 13:35
  • $\begingroup$ Nope not the answer $\endgroup$ Commented Jun 8, 2018 at 14:01

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