Wildlife Encounters - 9th - 12th grade
Lesson 2: Wildlife Populations

Natural History of the Fox Snake

snake

Diet: small mammals, birds, bird eggs and nestlings


Habitat: grasslands, cropland, forest


Movement: no migration


Territory and range: 200-300 square feet


Conspecific interactions: solitary, no interaction except when breeding, may share hibernation sites


Interspecies interactions: hunt prey species, hunted by birds of prey, raccoons, foxes, and weasels


Reproduction: mating in June and July, lays 8-27 eggs


Care of babies: no parental care of babies


Behavior: active from early spring to late autumn, hibernation in winter, hunts on ground and in trees/bushes, diurnal


Interesting facts:

  • Kills prey by constriction
  • Can swim long distances!

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