Western Hognose Snake

Heterodon nasicuswestern hognose snake

Description: Hognose snakes get their name from the upturned scale on the end of their snout which they use to dig in loose sand and soil. Adult Western Hognose Snakes can reach a length of between 15-25 inches and are relatively stout bodied snakes. These snakes have a light tan or brown base color with three rows of darker blotches running down the length of the back. Their underside is much darker often black in comparison to their back.

Range: Central North America from Southern Canada down throughout the central United States and into northern Mexico.

Habitat: Open prairies or meadows with loose soil which they can dig in. They can also sometimes be found on river floodplains and sand dunes.

Diet:
Wild: Frogs, toads, salamanders, rodents, lizards, small snakes, and eggs.
Zoo: Mice

Reproduction: Mating occurs during spring and after about 30 days the females will lay usually between 8-12 eggs. The eggs hatch in August and September after about 50-75 days of incubation.

Fun Fact: Sometimes when frightened these snakes will flip over on their back and pretend to be dead hoping that predators will find them unappetizing.