Acquired: Pet store
Taylor Mill, Kentucky, United States
Posted Aug 05, 2012
Little Fock (my odd roommate name him) is a very interesting snake, not to mention very beautiful. Western hog noses have a very unique look, and I love the way they always seem to be smiling (although it's kind of creepy how they look like they're smiling when they're feeding!) They are very gentle snakes and he's never nipped at anyone except for when he was hungry. We purchased him at the pet store and the store attendant had told us that they only eat crickets (which ended up being very untrue). We bought crickets for him but he wouldn't eat them so we did some research online & discovered they actually eat mice (beginning with pinkies then progressing to furries as they grow). The store employee obviously didn't know what he was talking about so it's always good to do research on any pet before you get them, as you can't always rely on what the pet stores/previous owners tell you. Western hog noses make great pets although I know a lot of children are creeped out by the fact they eat mice (as do most snakes), so if you have small children I'd keep them away during feeding time as not to traumatize them lol! The first time I saw a snake feed on a mouse I was around 6 years old at a pet store and it scarred me for quite some time haha.