Snakes

Eastern Hog-nosed Snake (Formerly Eastern Hognose Snake)

Eastern Hog-nosed Snake (Formerly Eastern Hognose Snake)

Scientific Name: Heterodon platyrhinos

Family: Xenodontidae

Nonvenomous

 

Description & Size

  • Legless
  • No eyelids
  • Lacks external ears
  • Scales on the back have a prominent ridge in the middle (strongly keeled)
  • Upturned nose (less so then Western Hognose Snake
  • Total length:  30.0-115.6 cm (11.9-45.5 in)
  • Back color:  yellow, gray, olive, light or dark brown, or black
  • Belly color:  light in color
  • May or may not have blotches on the back

Habitat

  • River flood plains
  • Riparian woodlands
  • Riparian grasslands
  • Sparse vegetation
  • Sandy soils

Diet

  • Frogs and toads

Life History

  • Diurnal, rarely nocturnal
  • Active season:  April – early October
  • Breeding season:  mid-April – June
  • Lays eggs
  • 35-40 eggs per female

Range

Eastern Hog-nosed Snake (Formerly Eastern Hognose Snake) Range