~Eastern Fox Snake~
Eastern Fox Snake
The Eastern Fox Snake* is currently listed as a Threatened Species by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources making it illegal to possess, disturb or handle this species. The snake pictured above is a captive specimen (Permit #1331) that the Hartley Staff uses to educate students about this state-threatened species.
Originally the Eastern Fox Snake was a resident of the extensive marshes that bordered Lakes Erie and Huron and their immediate environs. Today the Eastern Fox Snake is only found in a few areas where remnants of this once vast wetland habitat remains.
Saginaw County is one of the few counties in Michigan where the Eastern Fox Snake can still be found in relative abundance. The loss & pollution of wetland habitats, indiscriminate killing by people who think the fox snake is poisonous (it is not!), illegal collecting and road kills are all factors in the decline of this species.
*The Eastern Fox Snake is also sometimes called the spotted adder in our area.
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