Zoo Animals

Detroit Zoo - Eastern Fox Snake - Photo by Mark Gaskill

Eastern fox snake

Pantherophis vulpinus

At the Detroit Zoo
The Eastern fox snake can be found inside the Holden Reptile Conservation Center, located near the middle of the Detroit Zoo.  There, visitors can learn about the 70 different species (and approximately 275 individuals) of reptiles at the Zoo, one-fifth of which are considered threatened or endangered in the wild.


This large yellow or brown snake has large, dark brown or black splotches. It is one of the largest snakes that residents of Michigan will see in the wild. It is not venomous and not a threat to humans.


Fun Facts

  • Hatchlings are not the typical orange and black coloration but are shades of gray to look like the eastern massasauga rattlesnake. In fact, they will even rattle their tail in dry leaves to sound like a rattlesnake.