Northeast America. Does this appear to be a tick or a spider?

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    Thanks. That’s what I thought. I was looking for the segmentation part but ain’t no expert. Based on that website and some others. It seems segmented.
    – Mickey
    Jun 25, 2023 at 21:11

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It is a spider, having a segmented body. This site How Are Ticks Related to Spiders? says

. . . spiders have segmented bodies while ticks do not, and Spiders have a separate cephalothorax and abdomen. Ticks have small, flat, unsegmented bodies that enable them to attach easily to a host

Here are pictures from Wikipedia which show the difference.
Left: spider . . . Right: tick.

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They both have 8 legs and an exoskeleton but their bodies are quite different. Clearly the OP's photo has a segmented body.

  • Indeed. It is a jumping spider (Salticidae) :)
    – user25347
    Jul 5, 2023 at 7:50

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