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Eastern Hog-nosed Snake (Heterodon platirhinos)

Eastern Hog-nosed Snake photo.
Photo © A.B. Sheldon
  • Family: Colubridae (Non-venomous snakes)
  • Status: Common
  • Size: 20-35 inches

range map

Species range

This medium-sized snake, also referred to as a "puff adder", has a sharply upturned snout, which earned this snake its name. The back has dark brown blotches on a brown-gold background color, and their underside varies from mottled yellow to mottled gray or pink. Large, older adults are usually dark brown or gray and may be patternless. Most hognose snakes have a pair of dark black blotches on their neck that resemble "eyespots" when they flatten their neck. Habitats include bracken grassland, oak savanna and sand prairies, but they may be seen in southern forest. Their diet consists mainly of toads but other amphibians are also eaten.

Photos


Eastern Hog-nosed Snake  Photo

Photo by Drew Feldkirchner, WDNR.

Eastern Hog-nosed Snake  Photo

Photo by Drew Feldkirchner, WDNR.

Eastern Hog-nosed Snake  Photo

Photo © Emmet Judziewicz.

Eastern Hog-nosed Snake  Photo

Photo © Emmet Judziewicz.

Eastern Hog-nosed Snake  Photo

Photo © A.B. Sheldon.

Last revised: Wednesday, May 01, 2019