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One of my favorite species, this guy was being overly dramatic for no reason! They are known to put on a big show and flatten out their neck, hiss, and roll over and play dead. This guy never rolled over and played dead, but when he would flatten out his neck, he would also open his mouth really wide and hiss. This allowed us to see down his throat (he has a few parasites you can see in his mouth), but the thing I thought was the coolest was getting to see the fangs! Hognose are technically venomous snakes, but their venom is not dangerous to humans. They are rear-fanged (which you can see), and they use these fangs to pop toads. Toads are their main food source, and as a defense mechanism toads fill up with air and become larger to make it harder to be eaten. Not a problem for hognose though!
Found crossing the road in an oak wooded area near Caddo Lake.
Spotted on Apr 19, 2015
Submitted on Apr 28, 2015
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