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Eastern Hognose

Heterodon platirhinos


Adults average 71 cm (28 inches) in length, with females being larger than males. The most distinguishing feature is the upturned snout, used for digging in sandy soils. The color pattern is extremely variable. Its color can be red, green, orange, brown, grey to black, or any combination thereof depending on locality. They can be blotched, checkered, or patternless. The belly tends to be a solid grey, yellow or cream colored. In this species the underside of the tail is lighter than the belly.[6] These snakes are considered rear-fanged, but any venom they may excrete is not considered dangerous to humans especially because they are not inclined to bite.


Found this one a few feet off a trail and about 10 feet from a small creek.

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NeilDazet 7 years ago

Excellent 1st shot!

PamelaMaeLyon 8 years ago

I <3 these guys!

RedTopRanger 8 years ago

I'm very cautious around snakes, but this one I agitated a little bit so I could get a shot of his hood flared out.

KenCheeks 8 years ago

Nice!!! Love the flared head. I still need a pic of one of these.

RedTopRanger 8 years ago

Thanks for the suggestion, AshelyT. I added to the Center for Snake Conservation mission.

AshleyT 8 years ago

Hi Marcus! I see you already have this photo in 5 missions, but if you'd like to, you can add it to the Center for SnakeConservation mission to help document all the snakes in the US. Thanks!

Max Geragosian
Max Geragosian 8 years ago

I used to catch hundreds of these when I was a kid. But now I never see them.

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 8 years ago

Nice shots!

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Georgia, USA

Spotted on May 24, 2012
Submitted on May 24, 2012

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