Unique and Colorful, but a Picky Feeder
Sporting the upturned snout of North America’s hognose snakes and the beautiful red, black and white-colored rings similar to various tri-colored milk snakes, the ringed hognose is destined to become very popular. Unfortunately, they are not yet being bred in large numbers, and several similar species are sold under the same name. However, I think this will change as more keepers discover their charms.
These South American natives are ill at ease if unable to burrow. A thick layer of Eco-earth, a soil/sand mix or cypress mulch will help them feel at home. A moist area or hide box should also be provided, as they suffer from dry sheds in arid environments. A daily heavy misting is also useful, but be sure the substrate does not remain damp (other than in one area, or shed box).
Like their northern counterparts, ringed hognose snakes are frog and toad specialists; some reports indicate that lizards are also taken. They can be induced to take rodents (scenting with a toad helps), but the long term effects of such a diet are unknown. Other amphibian specialists I’ve kept in zoos have exhibited fatty livers when kept on rodent-only diets. I suggest using pink mice and rat weanlings as opposed to adult rodents; experimenting with brown anoles and house geckos would also be worthwhile (I’ve had a related species take these readily)..
From findiviglio Jan 20 2016 9:51PM