Common Names: Western Fox Snake
Scientific Name: Pantherophis vulpinus
First Described: BAIRD & GIRARD, 1853
Adult Size: 100-140cm
Temperament: Generally placid
Temperature & Humidity Range: Provide a thermal gradient between 27°C (80°F) - 20°C (68°F)
Brumation: 5-10°C for 3-4 months
Reproduction: 7-29 eggs hatching from 35-65 days at 23-29°C
Known Mutations: Amelanistic/Albino, Melanistic
An Albino specimen was in the collection of the Maumee Bay State Park in Northern Ohio, it is believed to of been stolen. The snake originally was found by a resident near the park and donated to the nature center in the fall of 2004
Natural History: A terrestrial species living in altitudes up to 400m. Inhabiting a wide range of habitats. These include prairies, grasslands, forest borders, farmland, swamps and river banks. It appears to prefer a moist environment. P. vulpinus is often found down rodent burrows where it actively hunts for its prey.
Native To: USA & Canada
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IUCN Red List: Not Listed
NatureServe Status: N5 - secure