Eastern fox snake
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 80 different species (and approximately 240 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.
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.