western hognose snake

(Heterodon nasicus)

               
Conservation Status

IUCN Red List

LC - Least Concern

 

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N5 - Secure

S3 - Vulnerable

Minnesota

Special Concern

Species in Greatest Conservation Need

Occurrence

 

Habitat

Open, sandy or gravelly areas in dry prairies, savannas, dunes, and river floodplains

Lifespan

9 to 19 years

Size

15 to 39

 

Identification

The underside of the belly and tail is shiny black.

 
Similar
Species

Eastern hognose snake (Heterodon nasicus) underside of the tail is light, regardless of the color of the belly.


Food

Frogs, toads, rodents, bird eggs, lizards, reptile eggs, other snakes, and carrion.

 
Life Cycle

 

 
Behavior

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


Distribution Distribution Map  

Sources: 6, 11, 14, 29, 72, 74.


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Taxonomy
The genus Heterodon was originally placed in the family Colubridae then moved to the family Xenodontidae. In late 2009 it was placed in the family Dipsadidae.


Taxonomy

Order:

Squamata (amphisbaenians, lizards, and snakes)

 

Infraorder:

Serpentes (snakes)

 

Superfamily:

Colubroidea

 

Family:

Dipsadidae

 
Subordinate Taxa

dusty hognose snake (Heterodon nasicus gloydi)

Mexican hognose snake (Heterodon nasicus kennerlyi)

plains hognose snake (Heterodon nasicus nasicus)

 
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Common
Names

western hog-nose snake

western hognose snake


 

 

 

 

 

 

       

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  Herpers TV Hognose Heaven
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Published on Aug 28, 2014

One of the most unquestionably popular snakes in herpetoculture is the hognose snake. More specifically, the Plains (formerly western) hognose snake. The morphs that are available are some of the most striking and beautiful colors and patterns in any snake morph, and in this month's episode, we visit one of the top hognose breeders in the world, Justin Mitcham from Extreme Hogs, as he shows us some morphs that have never been seen by the public before!

 
     
  Snake Surgery
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Published on Jul 30, 2013

Watch as a plains hognose snake is implanted with a radio transmitter. It's part of a study the Minnesota DNR is conducting on the effects of patch-burn grazing on prairie species.

 
     
  HerpersTV Tracking the Wild Hognose
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Published on Feb 26, 2015

In this episode of HerpersTV, Dan Krull ventures out on the prairies of Minnesota to radio track wild plains hognose snakes with researchers from the Minnesota DNR. We get an inside look into how these amazing snakes survive, breed, and flourish on the northern plains.

 
     
  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.

 
     
  Western Hognose Snake - Defense
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Uploaded on Mar 11, 2008

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