Western Hognose Snake Care Sheet

Natural History

Western hognose is a short snake from the western plains of America. They are well known for the hardened scale at the front of the face used to burrow and manipulate their environment. They have a number of features that differentiates them from other colubrid snakes in the same area. They are technically rear fanged venemous though the venom is very mild and will only cause harm in those that are alergic to the venom. When threatened they will flatten the space directly behind their skull to form a hood much like cobra snakes.

They are known to hiss loudly when under stress or trying to intimidate potential predators, they are much more vocal than other small snakes. Though rarely seen in adults in captivity when threatened this species can attempt to feign death by opening its mouth, rolling onto its back and releasing an odour.

United States of America