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Western Hognose Snake
Characteristics
Scientific Name:
Heterodon nasicus
Family Name:
Colubridae
Size:
The average Western Hognose Snake can reach up to 3 feet in length.
Color:
The Western Hognose Snakes are seen in colors that range from cream to brown, with heavy light brown to dark brown blotching along the body and black markings on the under side of the tail.
Diet:
Western Hognose snakes eat toads, eggs, birds, small amphibians, and small mammals in the wild. They will even dig for prey in the sand with their flat noses. In captivity, Western Hognose snakes do nicely on mice once a week.
Compatibility with Humans:
Average
Poisonious:
mildly
 
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Western Hognose Snake

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Western Hognose Snake Description
  The Western Hognose is described as "the drama-queen of the reptile world". Its best defense is its mimic act. Its favorite imitations are those of the rattlesnake and the cobra. The Western Hognose Snake is generally docile and known to be peaceable and shy. When faced with danger however, it is left with no choice but to take action. It coils itself up, and like a Cobra, fans out its head and neck. The Western Hognose Snake will repeatedly stike, like a Rattlesnake, but not necessarily in the direction of the danger. If this display does not ward of the danger, the Western Hognose will dramatically drop to the ground, stick its tongue out, writhe with mouth open, roll over, and freeze into a role-play of death. Even if you were to roll it over again, it will immediately flop onto its back and play dead until it feels danger is past. In captivity, the Western Hognose will cease to act once it is used to your presence, but the behavior is instinctual. The Western Hognose Snake is a rear fanged, mildly venomous snake though will rarely ever bite in defense. It has an upturned nose that is used for burrowing and its body is thick with keeled scales. Males have a significantly longer tails than females. The Western Hognose is native to the sandy savannahs and prairies of much of the south and Midwestern United States as well as in northwest Manitoba and southern Alberta. They are also occasionally found in Northern Mexico. They are threatened by loss of habitat.  
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