Common name : Plains hog-nose snake
Scientific name : Heterodon nasicus
Family : Colubridae
Native to : Canada, United States and Mexico
Interesting fact : It exhibits ‘bluff’ behaviour by acting dead, or pretending to strike victims without biting, hissing and flattening the neck like a hood, etc.
Conservation status : Least Concern
An upturned, pig-like nose of the western hog-nose snake helps burrow for prey. They are easily mistaken for rattlesnakes due to their looks. Dark blotches line the entire length of their pale bodies with smaller ones on the sides. They prefer sandy soil and feed on toads, frogs, lizards, mice, birds, snakes and eggs.