Eastern Foxsnake (Pantherophis vulpinus) - Ohio Herp Atlas

Eastern Foxsnake Pantherophis vulpinus - Special Concern

Along the southwestern shores of Lake Erie, west of Sandusky, one may encounter the Eastern Foxsnake The handsomely marked Eastern Foxsnake inhabits many Lake Erie islands as well as the extensive marshes of Lucas, Ottawa, Sandusky, and Erie counties. Most are docile, even when first captured. Unfortunately, their coppery head often causes them to be killed – mistaken for Copperheads. Their habit of vibrating their tail when alarmed, together with the bold black and yellow coloration, may lead to their being mistaken for rattlesnakes. Like their cousin the Gray Ratsnake, foxsnakes are true constrictors. While not as agile tree climbers as the Gray Ratsnake, foxsnakes are better swimmers. LENGTH: 48”–60”

Text courtesy of the Ohio Division of Wildlife: https://wildlife.ohiodnr.gov/portals/wildlife/pdfs/publications/id%20guides/pub354_Reptiles-opt.pdf

Distribution Map
Distribution of the Eastern Foxsnake (Pantherophis vulpinus)