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Eastern Hognose Snake

Heterodon platirhinos


Sub-adult about a 18 inches long. These snakes have a upturned nose to burrow threw lose dirt and leaf litter for their favorite food. The Hognose primarily eat nothing but toads so a wooded area and grasslands with plenty of toads is a must for this species. They also come in many different color phase such as orange, and black. They also have rear fangs for popping the toad that inflate when being eaten. The hognose is mildly venomous but rare affect humans. If bitten the area usually just turns red and swell, the bit is not life threatening. This species is also know for playing dead. When playing dead it will turn over open it mouth gurgle some saliva and it musk to give a nasty smell.


Basking in the road surrounded by woodlands.

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1 Comment

LisaPowers 8 years ago

Great spot and terrific notes of one of my favorite snakes!

Please be sure to add this to the Snakes of the United States – CSC mission to help with their citizen science project!

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Indiana, USA

Spotted on Jun 2, 2012
Submitted on Jan 11, 2013

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