This photo was taken from the middle of the creek, where a 12 inch layer of ice and snow had formed solid enough to walk across. A narrow flow is all that remains in this snow laden paradise. Note the snowshoe hare tracks!
This poor fella was infected by minions of nasty Red Tick/Flea. Found laying by the roadside, and eventually died. Upon inspection, few ticks lurked out from its scale. Quickly admit to lab to fix and preserve.
And that's why you don't play with wild snakes. Ticks invasion on snakes are often profound. So wear your glove unless you wanna substitute the snake.