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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.
Eastern Milksnake (Lampropeltis triangulum triangulum)
Eastern Milksnake (Lampropeltis triangulum triangulum)
Eastern Garter (Thamnopsis sirtalis sirtalis)
Eastern Garter (Thamnopsis sirtalis sirtalis)
Melanistic Eastern Garter (Thamnopsis sirtalis sirtalis)
Melanistic Eastern Garter (Thamnopsis sirtalis sirtalis)
Northern Ribbon Snake (Thamnophis sauritus septentrionalis)
Northern Ribbon Snake (Thamnophis sauritus septentrionalis)
Northern Ribbon Snake
Northern Ribbon Snake
Lake Erie Watersnake (Nirodia sipedon insularum)
Lake Erie Watersnake (Nirodia sipedon insularum)
Northern Water Snake (Nerodia sipedon sipedon)
Northern Water Snake (Nerodia sipedon sipedon)
Northern Red-bellied Snake (Storia occipitomaculata)
Northern Red-bellied Snake (Storia occipitomaculata)
Northern Red-bellied Snake (Storia occipitomaculata)
Northern Red-bellied Snake (Storia occipitomaculata)
Nothern Red-bellied Snake (Storia occipitomaculata)
Nothern Red-bellied Snake (Storia occipitomaculata)
Northern Brown Snake (Storia dekayi dekayi)
Northern Brown Snake (Storia dekayi dekayi)
Dekay's Snake - Closeup
Dekay's Snake - Closeup
Northern Brown Snake (Storia dekayi dekayi)
Northern Brown Snake (Storia dekayi dekayi)
Black Rat Snake (Elaphe obselata)
Black Rat Snake (Elaphe obselata)
Black Rat Snake (Elaphe obsoleta)
Black Rat Snake (Elaphe obsoleta)
Northern Ringneck Snake (Diadophis punctatus edwardsi)
Northern Ringneck Snake (Diadophis punctatus edwardsi)
Smooth Green Snake (Opheodrys vernalis)
Smooth Green Snake (Opheodrys vernalis)
Eastern Massasauga (Sistrurus catenatus)
Eastern Massasauga (Sistrurus catenatus)
Eastern Massasauga (Sistrurus catenatus)
Eastern Massasauga (Sistrurus catenatus)
Massasauga Habitat
Massasauga Habitat
Terry in Racer Habitat
Terry in Racer Habitat
Vernalis Habitat
Vernalis Habitat
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