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Eastern hog-nosed snake (melanistic female)

Heterodon platirhinos

Description:

This snake's most obvious feature is its pointed, upturned snout. It has a yellow to tan body color with dark blotches down its back and round spots along its sides. The underside of the tail is light and the anal plate is divided. [This specimen is melanistic and looks different than the typical Heterodon platirhinos. See the Notes section below for a better description.] Adults 20 - 40 inches (51 - 102 cm)

Habitat:

Wooded hillsides, fields, and sandy areas

Notes:

This specimen is melanistic, which means it has an increased amount of black pigmentation in its skin. This seems to be common in the species, yet it's the only melanistic snake I've ever run across. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Melanism

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8 Comments

Entropy freak
Entropy freak 6 years ago

Best find ever!!!!!!

Aaron_G
Aaron_G 9 years ago

Very cool about the blog. I actually read it on my lunch break today because I'm a Project Noah junkie! ;-)

Harsha Singh
Harsha Singh 9 years ago

Wow! What a find! Congrats.

KarenL
KarenL 9 years ago

Congratulations Aaron, this spotting is featured in the Project Noah blog today! http://blog.projectnoah.org/post/3039027...

Aaron_G
Aaron_G 9 years ago

This snake turned out to be a female. The family that shared her with me kept her for a couple of weeks, searching out toads to feed her. I got a call a week or so after this photo shoot and heard she had laid a clutch of eggs. Of course I was excited to collect them and incubate them. Sadly, they had called me 2 or 3 days after she had laid them so they were all dried out. :-(

seto2112
seto2112 9 years ago

Pretty!-they seem to be pretty common in this color here. :3

Saarbrigger
Saarbrigger 9 years ago

Nices shots.

misako
misako 9 years ago

nice series!

Aaron_G
Spotted by
Aaron_G

Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA

Spotted on May 22, 2003
Submitted on Jan 9, 2012

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