eastern hognose snake

(Heterodon platirhinos)

Conservation Status
eastern hognose snake
Photo by Luciearl
  IUCN Red List

LC - Least Concern

     
  NatureServe

N5 - Secure

S4 - Apparently Secure

     
  Minnesota

not listed

     
           
           
           
           
 
Description
 
 

The underside of the tail is light, regardless of the color of the belly.

 
     
 

Size

 
 

20 to 33

 
     
 

Similar Species

 
  Western hognose snake (Heterodon nasicus) underside of the belly and tail is shiny black.  
     
 
Habitat
 
 

Sandy areas in floodplains, open woodlands, savannas, and prairies

 
     
 
Biology
 
 

Behavior

 
 

When threatened it will flatten its head and hiss, like a cobra, or roll onto its back and play dead.

 
     
 

Lifespan

 
 

Up to 11 years

 
     
 

Life Cycle

 
 

 

 
     
 

Food

 
 

Mostly toads but also other amphibians, small mammals, birds, bird eggs, insects, lizards, reptile eggs, other snakes, and carrion.

 
     
 
Distribution
 
 

Distribution Map

 

Sources

11, 14, 24, 29, 30,72, 74.

 
  10/20/2014      
         
 

Occurrence

 
 

 

 
         
 
Taxonomy
 
  Class Reptilia (reptiles)  
  Superorder Lepidosauria  
  Order Squamata (lizards, snakes, and amphisbènes)  
  Suborder Serpentes (snakes)  
  Infraorder Alethinophidia  
  Superfamily Colubroidea  
 

Family

Colubridae (colubrid snakes)  
 

Subfamily

Dipsadinae (dipsadine snakes)  
 

Genus

Heterodon (hognose snakes)  
       
 

Subordinate Taxa

 
 

 

 
       
 

Synonyms

 
 

Heterodon browni

Heterodon platyrhinos

Heterodon platyrhinos browni

Heterodon platyrhinos platyrhinos

 
       
 

Common Names

 
 

deaf adder

eastern hognose snake

puff adder

spreading adder

 
       

 

 

 

 

 

 

       
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Nearly stepped on this hognose while walking on my trail.

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Seen it in a raised garden sunning itself.

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In my yard

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Hognose snake observed in Wild River State Park.

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  Hognose Snake http://www.herpnet.net
Joe Monahan
 
   
 
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Uploaded on Jul 27, 2007

An eastern hognose snake bluffing. For the rest of the video see: http://www.herpnet.net/Iowa-Herpetology/

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  Eastern Hognose Snake Playing Dead
Orry Martin
 
   
 
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Uploaded on Jul 10, 2011

Hello, My name is Orry Martin: The Texas Snake Hunter. This documentary is about the Eastern Hognose Snake (Heterodon platirhinos). We already filmed a documentary about this snake this year but wanted to showcase one that would play dead. This did just that. Watch and enjoy his cuteness.

   
       
  Eastern Hognose Snake
Orry Martin
 
   
 
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Uploaded on Apr 25, 2011

My name is Orry Martin: The Texas Snake Hunter. This documentary is about the Eastern Hognose Snake (Heterodon platirhinos). This is one of my favorite snakes in the world and warms my heart just to look at him. in my opinion, snakes do not get much cuter than a hognose. The last 3-4 minutes is extra footage of me trying to get him to play dead, but to no avail.

   
       
  Hognose Snake (Hisses and then plays dead)
Eddie Carter
 
   
 
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Uploaded on Oct 19, 2011

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This is for my nephew Blake Carter who is currently keeping a baby hognose snake. These are one of the neatest snakes. They mimic a cobra spreading out their necks. If you do not go away, they will eventually play dead. They will roll over on their back and stick out their tongue.

   
       
  Eastern Hognose Snake (Heterodon platirhinos)
EpochCatcher
 
   
 
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Published on Apr 29, 2012

Fake-out strike at 2:53.

By hissing loudly and puffing itself up/flattening its head, the eastern hognose snake can look pretty scary, but that's the point. Don't worry; it's not venomous.

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Luciearl
8/27/2020

Location: Cass County

Nearly stepped on this hognose while walking on my trail.

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Anthony Soderlund
6/8/2020

Location: Sunrise, MN

eastern hognose snake


Eastern Hog Nosebleed
5/16/2020

Location: Brainerd MN

Seen it in a raised garden sunning itself.


CML
8/14/2017

Location: Wyoming, MN

He is in my yard. We have noticed many small toads in our yard so he will be well fed.


CML
8/2/2017

Location: Wyoming, MN, Chisago County

In my yard

eastern hognose snake


Christa Rittberg
6/9/2017

Location: Chisago County, MN

Hognose snake observed in Wild River State Park.

eastern hognose snake


Pamela Freeman
9/6/2014

Location: 3520 Cedar Creek Dr NW, Oak Grove, MN

We found this snake coiled, feint striking, and rattling its tail in our yard. It was near a gopher hole.

I picked it up to get a better look as its heard was very different from all other snakes I have known.

I identified it as an Eastern Hog Nose snake from various online resources and a ID book.
When I took it out to release it it played dead, turning its head upside down to show its underside. When I backed away a bit to give it room it slid away and along a rock wall where it disappeared into a very small hole, probably a mouse or some other small rodent hole.


     
     
 
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