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Eastern Hog-Nosed Snake

Heterodon platirhinos


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.

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AshleyT 5 years ago

Love the colors on this one! And I like how you can see how chubby she is in the last photo :)

Maria dB
Maria dB 5 years ago

Very nice series and information!

AustinH. 5 years ago

Nice! Love any Hog-Nosed Snake! Good stuff.

Matt Hampel
Spotted by
Matt Hampel

Boggs township, penna, USA

Spotted on Jun 16, 2013
Submitted on Feb 1, 2015

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