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Easten Hognose
Characteristics
Scientific Name:
Heterodon platyrhinos
Family Name:
Colubridae
Size:
The Eastern Hognose reaches a size of 20 to 45 inches at maturity.
Color:
The Easten Hognose is a yellow to beige color, with dark brown or black spots. Towards the tail, these spots turn into rings. Some specimens are a solid color, with a black, gray or olive color. The labials are a light color.
Diet:
The Eastern Hognose is diet consists of small amphibians and reptiles, such as toads and lizards.
Compatibility with Humans:
Average
Poisonious:
mildly
 
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Easten Hognose

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Easten Hognose Description
  The Eastern Hognose Snakes are popular for their easy temperament, fairly small size, and coloring. The Eastern Hognose is a rear fanged, mildly venoumous snake. They will rarely bite, even in self-defense. In fact, well known for the acting abilities, the defense mechanism they commonly will use is playing dead. If the Eastern Hognose Snake is threatened, it will coil up and fan its head, which makes it look like a corbra. It proceeds to hit and jab with its neck, but it normally will not bite. If this action does not ward off the treat, the Eastern Hognose will pretend to be in pain, and will roll onto its back. Throughout the act, its mouth will be open. To prevent swallowing dirt, there is a lining in the back of the snakes mouth that seals its esophagus, and produces extra saliva. The Eastern Hognose will continue the act until it feels it is safe. It likes to make its home underground, so the Eastern Hognose will use its nose to burrow into the sand. They like to move frequently, therefore making new homes. They are usually found in wooded areas, grasslands, prairies, and by lakes. They prefer loose sandy soil. They can be found under a rock or piece of wood. The Eastern Hognose has an upturned snout, which is where they get their name.  
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