When threatened, these consummate reptilian “actors” give a very convincing portrayal of a venomous snake. If this fails, they play dead – less convincing as they persist in flipping over onto their backs when righted! North America’s Western Hog Nose makes a fine, laid-back pet, but its Eastern Cousin refuses all foods other than toads and certain frogs. The un-related but remarkably-similar Madagascan Hog Nose Snakes are larger – to 5 feet – but un-demanding. They do produce mild venom, however. Bites seem to cause only mild reactions in people, but individual sensitivities and other factors can greatly bite severity. A doctor should be consulted before one acquires a Rear-Fanged Snake of any species.