Western hognose

The most noticeable feature of all species of hognose is their strongly upturned, pointed snout. Hognose snake species do not grow very large, typically 3 feet.

Fast Facts

  • Western hognose snakes play dead to avoid threats like predators.
  • This snake prefers scrubby, flat prairie areas with loose, sandy soil suitable for burrowing.
  • The Western hognose snake uses a slightly toxic saliva to help subdue its prey.

Scientific name

Heterodon nasicus
Range  North American and Northern Mexico
Conservation status Least Concern
Diet Carnivore
Zoo location Herpetarium

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