Western Hog-nosed Snake


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.

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