I think it's a young Brown snake...
New guy to me.
Spicebush? Not sure yet.
Different than most of the thistles here, this one had a frosted look along the border of the leaves although that seems to have faded.
Found dead in the yard with multiple small puncture wounds. Roughly 3.5' long. Prairie Kingsnake perhaps...Gray Rat?
Some kind of fungal growth on it's back...