Madagascar Giant Hognose Snake

Leioheterodon madagascariensisMadagascar Giant Hognose Snake

Description: These snakes can reach up to about 6ft, and are the largest type of hognose snake (those with the upturned snouts). They have large eyes with protruding scales above them that act as protection from blowing dust. Females are typically slightly larger than males and are heavier bodied, presumably to aid in egg production.

Range: Madagascar and the Comoro Islands.

Habitat: Madagascar giant hognose snakes are found throughout the undeveloped portions of Madagascar occupying sandy soils of the mixed grasslands, and dry and tropical forests of the island.

Reproduction: The female snakes lay 6-12 eggs. The young hatch in 60-80 days and are about 12 inches long.

Diet: Commonly found near human habitations eating mammals, lizards, amphibians, and eggs. To eat eggs, snakes have very elastic jaw ligaments that allow them to get their jaws around such a large meal. 

Fun Fact: Giant Madagascar hognose snakes are opistoglyphous, which means they have fangs in the back of their mouth. Their mild venom is not dangerous to humans, but it helps them catch their prey.