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Eastern Hognose Snake

Heterodon platirhinos

Description:

This snake had a short body for its thickness. Its coloration was spotted brown on its back and lighter underneath with two large black patches on its neck. It had an upturned nose. (Photographs were taken by my mom and me.)

Habitat:

Found in a grassy area at the edge of a primarily deciduous wood and near a marshy field in Southeast Texas. (Map location only approximate.)

Notes:

I came across this snake on a walk in my yard, its body still and flattened as though it was dead and dried up. I stared at it for several minutes and yelled for a family member, then tossed a small piece of a rotted stick at the snake. It did not respond. I went inside, convinced it was dead. I went back outside to take a picture, but was shocked to find that it had 'reinflated' and started back towards the woods in my absence. It spread its neck like a cobra's hood, and my brother said he heard it hiss. It coiled, keeping a careful eye on my brother and me while my mom tried to find a match on the internet. After she identified the snake as a hog-nosed snake, we left it to relax and return to the woods on its own. While I am confident this snake belongs to the genus Heterodon, I would like help identifying its species. Update: my thanks to ForestDragon and AshleyT for identifying the species!

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4 Comments

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 3 years ago

Wow! That is impressive. Awesome spotting of this unusual snake. Great notes too.

AshleyT
AshleyT 5 years ago

Great notes! Eastern hognose is the only species in range for you :) They are very pretty snakes and the behavior you encountered is extremely common, they love to play dead! Always a treat to find these guys!

ForestDragon
ForestDragon 5 years ago

You are correct. This is an Eastern Hognose. They are great bluffers.

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Harmony D.
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Splendora, Texas, USA

Spotted on May 18, 2016
Submitted on May 18, 2016

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