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Snakes of Michigan

Because it is so far north, Michigan is not rich in snake species. There are seventeen species in the state, only one of which is venomous (Eastern Massasauga). But we are lucky to have a few of our most impressive species, such as the Blue Racer (Coluber constrictor foxii) and Eastern Fox Snake (Elaphe vulpina gloydi). Hope you enjoy the pics and come away with a better appreciation for these needlessly maligned animals.
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First racer I ever found went up a tree like a squirrel.  Here it us about 30 feet up.  Can you see it?
First racer I ever found went up a tree like a squirrel. Here it us about 30 feet up. Can you see it?
Here I am!
Here I am!
The following Spring, I head back to the same spot.  Walk 50 ft from car and see this.
The following Spring, I head back to the same spot. Walk 50 ft from car and see this.
I actually snuck up on that snake...
I actually snuck up on that snake...
Next week I return with my family.  Find five more.  When given a chance...
Next week I return with my family. Find five more. When given a chance...
...they climb to safety.
...they climb to safety.
My Adventurous Wife and Racer
My Adventurous Wife and Racer
Blue Racer Hiding
Blue Racer Hiding
Blue Racer Found
Blue Racer Found
Blue Racer Caught
Blue Racer Caught
Eastern Fox Snake (Elaphe vulpina gloydi)...
Eastern Fox Snake (Elaphe vulpina gloydi)...
...hoping to make a meal of tree swallows.
...hoping to make a meal of tree swallows.
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