Fox snake : Great Lakes Aquarium
Fox snake crawling and sticking its tongue out.

Fox snake

Exhibits: Critter Corner

Animal Groups: Reptiles

Latin Name: Elaphe vulpina

Fox snakes are predators that eat frogs, mice, and birds. They are constricting snakes and squeeze their prey.


Fox snakes prefer the edges of forest habitat, where the forest meets rivers, wetlands and fields.

Animal Size: 5 feet long
Conservation Status: Least Concern

Natural History

Fox snakes have a musky smell similar to that of a fox. They are known to shake or vibrate their tails when feeling threatened. Fox snakes can swim and are adept climbers.