Eastern Hog-nosed Snake   

Heterodon platirhinos
 

State Listing: Special Concern

Eastern Hog-nosed Snake
Eastern Hog-nosed Snake
Eastern Hog-nosed Snake
Eastern Hog-nosed Snake
Hog-nosed Snake
Hog-nosed Snake

Black Morph Hog-nosed Snake
Black Morph Hog-nosed Snake

Photo showing a black morph hog-nosed snake just about to shed its skin.

Hognose Snake Feigning Death
Hognose Snake Feigning Death

Photo showing hog-nosed snake feigning death. While feigning death hog-nosed snakes will emit odors through the mouth and cloaca.

Closeup of Keeled Scales
Closeup of Keeled Scales

Photo showing a closeup of the keeled scales, characteristic of the hog-nosed snake. The keel, refers to the raised ridge down the center of the scale.

IDENTIFICATION

 

Size:                   A medium sized snake measuring 1.5 to 2.5 feet in

                            length.

 

Color:                 Variable in color and pattern.  Individuals with no pattern

                            are solid black to gray. Patterned individuals have

                            orange, yellow, or tan banding on variable backgrounds

                            of black, gray, or tan.  They have a distinct upturn rostral

                            scale, keeled scales, and a predominantly yellow venter.

 

Behavior:          Hog-nosed snakes are fossorial in nature, spending a

                            good amount of time underground in small mammal

                            burrows.   Defensive behaviors are highly varied, ranging

                            from hissing to widening their necks to false biting. 

                            If all else fails hog-nosed snakes take defensive

                            behaviors a step further by feigning death. 

 

Habitat:             Hog-nosed snakes prefer dry habitats including open

                            fields and shrub habitats often within close proximity to

                            forested habitats.