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Eastern Hognose

Heterodon platirhinos


Average adult size is 20-33 inches (51-84 cm), record is 45.5 inches (115.5 cm). It has a thick body and slightly upturned, pointed snout. Adult coloration is extremely variable and may be mostly yellow, tan, olive, brown, gray, orange, or reddish-brown with dark brown or black large, irregular shaped blotches on the back and smaller blotches on the sides. Some individuals may be entirely black or dark gray without any pattern. The belly may be yellow, light gray, or pinkish and may or may not be mottled gray or greenish. The underside of the tail is lighter than the rest of the belly. There is a dark line extending from the upper jaw through the eye. The scales are keeled, and there are 23-25 dorsal scale rows at midbody. The pupil is round.


Sand pine scrub


Doing what hognoses do best die

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JeffreyDuby 10 years ago

It is definitely up there to one of my favorites as well! So much theatrics you got to love them

jamiewgoodspeed 10 years ago

great spotting has to be my favorite snake!

JeffreyDuby 10 years ago

Yeah we waited a hour for her to un play dead didn't happen and we had more snakes to find! very impressive 3 ft female tho :)

AshleyT 10 years ago

Poor guy got sand all in his mouth and cloaca! Very impressive display though :)

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Florida, USA

Spotted on Oct 20, 2013
Submitted on Oct 23, 2013

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