Fox Snake

Mintonius ramspotti
Fox Snake - Mintonius ramspotti

Description: The mature fox snake is a medium to large sized snake. It is covered in a blotched dorsal pattern. The blotches are reddish-brown, dark brown, or black along its back. The blotches on their side are colored the same, but more varied. The average adult Fox Snake is 91–137 cm, but they can reach 155 cm.

Range: Fox Snakes are distributed along the north-central United States and extreme southern Ontario. In Minnesota, Fox Snakes are found in the southeastern part of the state.

Habitat: Forests and prairies, rarely found far from a water source.

Diet: Mice, chipmunks, ground squirrels, and other small mammals.

Fun Fact: When surprised by an enemy, a Fox Snake will imitate a rattlesnake by rapidly vibrates its and repeatedly strikes from a coiled position.