Go to New Site   |   Old Site   >  World      Countries      Animals      Continents      Oceans      Solar System      Planets      Stars      Satellites
Home > Animals > Reptiles > Eastern Hognose Snake

EASTERN HOGNOSE SNAKE

Eastern hognose snakes are stocky snakes whose name is derived from their upturned snout. They are highly variable in color, but are usually patterned above with large brown blotches on a brown or gray background. Some individuals have extensive reddish or orange suffused into the general pattern; some, however, are patternless, appearing solid gray or black. Eastern hognose snakes have keeled scales and can be distinguished from southern hognose snakes by the underside of the tail, which is lighter than the belly.

Eastern Hognose Snake

Ten Facts about Eastern Hognose Snake

  1. Adults average 71 cm (28 inches) in length, with females being larger than males.
  2. Common names spreading adder, hog-nosed snake, adder, bastard rattlesnake, black adder.
  3. When threatened, the neck is flattened and the head is raised off the ground, not unlike a cobra. They also hiss and sometimes feign strikes, but are not apt to bite.
  4. The eastern hognose snake specializes in feeding on toads, having an immunity to the toxins toads secrete. They will also consume other amphibians, like frogs and salamanders.
  5. These snakes live for approximately 12 years.
  6. The females, which lay 10-30 eggs at a time, do not take care of the young. The eggs hatch after about 60 days.
  7. Hognose snakes lay from 5-50 eggs in June and July.
  8. If threaten the hognose snake will feign death by opening its mouth, rolling over on its back, and writhing around.
  9. Predators of hognose snakes include: hawks, owls, Red Fox, Virginia Opossum, and other snake predators.
  10. Eastern hognose snakes prefer woodlands with sandy soil, fields, farmland and coastal areas.



More Reptiles to see

Long Nosed Leopard Lizard
Long Nosed Leopard Lizard
Reptile
Cottonmouth
Cottonmouth
Reptile
Bullsnake
Bullsnake
Reptile
Southern Hognose Snake
Southern Hognose Snake
Reptile
Ringneck Snake
Ringneck Snake
Reptile
Common Side Blotched Lizard
Common Side Blotched Lizard
Reptile
Glossy Snake
Glossy Snake
Reptile
Florida Softshell
Florida Softshell
Reptile
Western Skink
Western Skink
Reptile
Long Nosed Snake
Long Nosed Snake
Reptile


© MOVING PLANETS    Contact Us    Privacy    Terms    Sign up for free and contribute