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Western Fox Snake

The western fox snake belongs to the category of the rat snake. They have a docile temperament and usually do not attack without any reason. To confuse their predators, they sometimes exude a type of musk that is similar to red foxes and this is the reason they are known as fox snakes.

Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Reptilia
Order Squamata
Suborder Serpentes
Family Colubridae
Genus Pantherophis
Scientific Name Pantherophis vulpinus

Other Names Foxsnake or fox snake
Size 3-6 ft (91.44-182.88 cm)
Color Golden brown dorsals with deep brown spots and yellow pattern similar to a checkerboard
Distribution United States
Habitat Marshlands, pastures, farmlands, prairies, and open woodlands
Diet Rodents, frogs, birds of juvenile state, and eggs
Hibernation Throughout the winter
Predator Foxes, coyotes, and hawks
Venom Fact Non-venomous
Mode of Reproduction Oviparous
Clutch Size 7-27 eggs
Average Lifespan In the Wild: 10-12 years
In Captivity: 17 years
IUCN Conservation Status Not listed

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Published on September 4th 2019 by under Snakes. Article was last reviewed on 4th September 2019.

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