Meet Our Animals > Eastern Fox Snake
Quick Facts
Native to Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, Southern Ontario
Primary Diet Mice and other small rodents, ground-nesting birds, amphibians
Status Stable

Eastern Fox Snake

Eastern fox snakes are often mistaken for rattlesnakes, as they “rattle” their tails when disturbed. When threatened, these non-venomous, docile snakes may also give off a stinky musk from glands near their tail. This musk has an odor like that of the red fox, hence the “fox” in their name. They’re found in every county of Wisconsin, including Milwaukee.

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