Edit: I am leaving the original post below because it frames the conversation nicely… but this is NOT a tick (thanks, ADobson, for the heads up). It’s a pseudo-scorpion. Who knew? Not me!
Yes, it’s a tick.
Millions of years of evolution, and they haven’t really changed. These creepy crawlies have been doing it the same way since before mammals climbed to the top of the food chain. They crawl up on something, wave their arms around, and wait for anything with blood to walk by. Ten legs worth of all out nasty… they’re built to eat and breed, and they are exceptionally suited to the task. And if they happen to give you a disease that kills you while they feast on your blood, the tick doesn’t care. It’s busy laying eggs to create hundreds more of the evil little things.