Eastern Hog-nosed Snake

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Scientific name: Heterodon platirhinos

The basics:
Eastern Hog-nosed Snakes are found on the eastern side of North America, from southern Canada to southern Florida. Their natural habitat includes coastal areas, woodlands, farmlands, fields, and sandy areas.

Appearance / health:
Eastern Hog-nosed Snakes average 30 inches in length. They are thick-bodied with keeled scales. Body color varies from shades of yellow and orange to olive, brown, and black. Markings include large rectangular spots or dark blotches on the back with smaller blotches on the sides, although the black phase snake is all black. The distinguishing feature of the Eastern Hog-nosed Snake is its upturned snout.

Behavior / temperament:
Eastern Hog-nosed Snakes are active during the day. They may inflate, hiss, and lunge when threatened but they almost never bite. In fact, when seriously threatened, they would rather play dead (lie on their backs, motionless, with eyes and mouth open and tongue sticking out).

A small to medium-sized woodland or savannah-type terrarium is sufficient for this relatively short snake. The cage must have a sandy substrate of about 4-6 inches deep to allow the snake to burrow as it pleases. Roots, bark, stones, rocks, low climbing branches, and patches of grass will make the cage similar to the snake’s natural habitat. A small water pan is necessary for drinking and soaking. Day temp: 77-81F; night temp: 64-71F; basking temp: 90F; humidity: 50%; lighting: 10-12hrs, partly UV

Eastern Hog-nosed snakes are well liked in the pet trade because they are small, attractive, docile, and easy to care for. They can be kept singly or in a group.

Like their western counterparts, Eastern Hog-nosed Snakes prefer to feed on toads, especially those that hide in the sand. They also prey on frogs, insects, small rodents, lizards, birds and their eggs, and other reptiles and their eggs.

Eastern Hog-nosed Snakes are egg-layers. They mate in the spring and deposit 20-60 eggs in sandy soil or under mulch piles and logs sometime in June or July. The eggs hatch in August or September.


fantastic little snakes, voracious appetite, healthy snakes, good pets


musk, defense moodmusking, wild caught hoggies, toad supplier, feeder toads


rear fanged snake, great pretender, Bluff Adder, generally relaxed demeanor

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Eastern Hog-nosed Snake

From wendiigo Jul 25 2011 4:50AM


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