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.