This species of tick can be found through much of the western Palaearctic region:
Many species of wild and domesticated vertebrates are parasitized, although rarely bats. Humans can also be hosts.
Females, nymphs and larvae prefer medium-sized to large mammals such as sheep, cattle, deer and dogs. Nymphs and larvae predominate on small mammals (stoats and smaller), most birds and reptiles.
Egg-laying and development between life stages occur off the host. Ticks are prone to desiccation and require habitats with a thick mat of moisture-retaining vegetation and plant litter near the ground.
Rough pasture, moorland and heathland are typical tick habitats.