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Eastern Fox Snake Elaphe gloydi (Elaphe vulpina gloydi)


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Eastern Fox Snake
credit: Dawson/CCSA

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Family: Colubridae, Colubrid Snakes view all from this family

Description Yellow-brown with chocolate brown marks/blotches on midline of back. Up to 34 blotches on body with alternating rows of blotches on sides. Yellow underside. Keeled scales, 25-27 rows. Divided anal plate.

Dimensions 86.4-179cm. (34-70 1/2")

Breeding Breeds late spring and early summer months. A clutch of 15–20 eggs laid mid summer. Hatches in early fall.

Habitat Marshes, woodland and farmland.

Range Ontario, Michigan and Ohio.

Discussion Primarily diurnal and terrestrial, rodent feeding snakes. Often seen on the ground despite being a climber. Also mistaken for copperhead snake and so often killed. Voles, mice, eggs and deer mice form main diet. Rattles its tail if excited, despite not having a rattle.