Found amongst the leaf litter, on bark, and often holding on to the legs or body parts of other invertebrates such as harvestmen.
Can be seen year round depending on the weather.
Very small, just a few millimetres long.
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Most commonly seen by humans on their dog, also found on vegetation around knee height or higher.
Most common between April and October.
The size varies from just a few millimetres on a tick that hasn't had a blood meal, to something bigger than a pea on a full female tick.
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