Western Hognose Snake

HETERODON NASICUS

The hognose snake is named after its hog like snout. This snout helps them dig.

Will often play dead when confronted. They will flip onto their backs, stick their tongue out and even emit a foul odor.

Technically venomous. However, their fang structure keeps them from adequately injecting venom into larger animals, including humans.

Will often mimic a rattlesnake by flattening its head and rattling its tail.

Our Current Residents

Grumpy, Male - Hatched 2005 (estimate)

Grumpy was a pet surrender. He gets his name from his often grumpy disposition.

Taxonomy

  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Reptilia
  • Order: Squamata
  • Family: Colubridae
  • Genus: Heterodon
  • Species: Heterodon nasicus

Animal Facts

  • Carnivore
  • Common
  • Grasslands
  • Diurnal


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