Snail Hunter - Cychrus caraboides


Length 14 to 19 mm. This beetle has a long thin head designed for getting inside snail shells to eat the flesh. It also has a pear-shaped body and is not likely to be confused with any other species.

Identification difficulty

It is mainly found in woodland and other shaded habitats living under rotten logs.

When to see it

It can found all year. In winter, it hibernates, often in groups, in hollows under logs and stones.

Life History

Larvae occur during autumn and winter as a result of autumn breeding.

UK Status

Quite common and widespread over much of Britain.

VC55 Status

Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were a total of 66 VC55 records for this species up to March 2015.

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Leicestershire & Rutland Map


Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

UK Map