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Midwest Wilderness Connections Eco-brief: Western Fox Snake

The harmless western fox snake is a common Midwest species often found in the transition zone (ecotone) between wooded and herbaceous habitats. They are constrictors, primarily prey on rodents, and can reach up to 5 feet in length. When alarmed, fox snakes may vibrate their tail and be mistaken for a rattlesnake. The fox snake's copper colored head can result in misidentification as a copperhead. Copperheads don't have black spots that run down the back and sides like the fox snake. Rattlesnakes have a rattle at the end of their tail. Fox snakes are the most commonly encountered species that I help safely cross roadways.

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