|Geographical Range||Southern Canada to Ohio, around the Great Lakes|
|Habitat||Fields near streams and marshes|
|Scientific Name||Elaphe vulpina gloydi|
|Conservation Status||Not listed by IUCN|
Fox snakes are named after a curious defensive behavior. When they are threatened, they excrete a strong-smelling substance that resembles the smell of a fox! These snakes have one more clever defense: they can vibrate their tail to mimic the sound a rattlesnake makes.
Fox snakes are constrictors, which means the snake squeezes its prey until it suffocates -- then the snake swallows it whole. The eastern fox snake is found in the wetlands around Lake Erie and Lake Huron.