Thursday, June 27, 2013

June 27, 2013: Western Fox Snake

This Western Fox Snake was found on the 17th, about two-thirds of the way west from the Upland Trail's south trailhead and the first trail junction. 6/17/13 (Wolf. Oesterreich)

 This snake represents my first record of this species for the Park (actually the first one I have seen in Iowa).  Fox Snakes vary in length from 36 to 56 inches.  They are very active during the day, especially in the Spring months.  When encountered they are usually very passive, opting to flee when cornered. 

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