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A stout snake with an upturned snout that is variable in color and pattern. Hog-nosed snakes are famed for their defensive display, flattening out and hooding, and eventually feigning death. Hog-nosed Snakes are rear fanged colubrids that are widely considered non-venomous, but can deliver a mild toxin that is not considered harmful to humans.
Rocky wooded hillside above a river in Pennsylvania's mountainous region.
Snake feigned death when approached. It was observed until eventually turning upright and slithering off into the shrubbery.
Spotted on Jun 16, 2013
Submitted on Feb 1, 2015