In Memory of Foxy PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jackie Wolfinger   
Monday, 14 January 2013 19:46

January 4th was a sad day at the Sanctuary. Foxy, our resident Eastern Fox Snake, passed away at nearly 18 years old.

Camp counselor Sam showing the Eastern Fox Snake to a camper

Camp counselor Sam showing the Eastern Fox Snake to a camper

Fox Snakes have a lifespan of about 8-10 years, so we suspect Foxy died of old age. To find out for sure, Foxy’s body was sent to Dr. Matt Burr, a local veterinarian who donates his medical services to the Sanctuary. Dr. Burr is going to perform a necropsy (an autopsy for animals) to determine Foxy’s cause of death.

Foxy was born at the Detroit Zoo on June 19, 1995. Shortly before her 1st birthday, Foxy moved to Binder Park Zoo. She lived there until 2001 when she moved to Pierce Creek Institute. Foxy came to the Bird Sanctuary in 2004 and lived here for the remainder of her life. Foxy will be remembered for being a wonderful animal ambassador who helped educate both kids and adults about nature. Foxy is survived by her wild relatives who live along Lake Huron and Lake Erie in marsh areas and wet meadows.

A celebration of Foxy’s life is currently taking place at the Sanctuary. A memorial has been set up, and all of Foxy’s many friends are invited to come out and share their favorite memory of Foxy on her memorial.

In lieu of flowers, do your part to help Foxy’s wild relatives. Eastern Fox Snake populations are declining, and they are listed as a threatened species in the state of Michigan. The marsh areas and wet meadows Foxy’s relatives live in are being destroyed by human development and pollution. If you plan to build on this type of habitat, consider relocating your building project. Remember not to litter, and if you see trash, pick it up. This will prevent land and water pollution and keep Foxy’s relatives and the other creatures from eating trash. Eastern Fox Snakes tend to be very docile, so they are often kept as pets. Removing Eastern Fox Snakes from the wild is both illegal and detrimental to their population numbers, so don’t collect Foxy’s relatives from the wild. Eastern Fox Snakes are an important part of the food chain, and we need them in the wild eating rats and mice.

For more information:

Michigan DNR Eastern Fox Snake

U of M BioKids Critter Catalog; Eastern Fox Snake