Nose upturned, variable colors ranging from brown to yellow
to red, with 20-30 dark blotches; Belly may be darkened, but
the underside of tail is lighter than the belly.
Deciduous forests to prairies but prefers sandy soils along
rivers and streams.
Typical adult length: 51-84 cm (20-33 in); Maximum 42 inches
(Collins & Collins 1993).
History: Diet consists mainly of toads, which are seized
with the mouth and swallowed. The Eastern hognose snake shows
amazing behavior if distrubed. If you approach this snake it
propabpy will hiss and flatten the head and flare the neck,
which gives its head a triangular appearance. They may even
raise the head and strike with mouth closed. Hognose snakes
almost never bite but tihis threat-like behavior is very convincing
and usually frightens people or predators away. If pressed further,
the snake may roll over and play dead. When turned right side
up it immediately turns belly up and resumes playing dead.
upturned nose is used for digging its most common food, toads.
Another adaptation for eating toads are enlarged teeth at the
rear of the upper jaw. A toad under attack can inflate its body
with air to avoid being eaten. The hognose's enlarged teeth
can puncture and deflate the toad so it can be swallowed easily.