Ticks are tear dropped shaped, they range from brownish black to grey depending on the species. Immature ticks have six legs, mature ticks have eight legs and they are relatively flat before feeding, some ticks become plump and round after feeding.
They are the most common during the warmer months. They move to areas where there are a lot of mammals, ground-dwelling birds, and lizards. Common places are: moist woodlands and areas around the edge of forests with a lot of plants, along forest trails, grassy areas, in and around campgrounds, and in abandoned grassy yards in urban areas.