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Western Hognose Snake

Overall satisfaction

4.25/5

Acquired: Pet store

Gender: N/A

Appearance

3/5

Health

5/5

ActivityLevel

2/5

Temperament

2/5

Easy to provide habitat

5/5

Easy to handle

3/5

Visibility

1/5

Easy to clean and maintain habitat

5/5

Easy to Feed

5/5

Easy to provide environmental needs

5/5

Cute (but shy) guy

By

Georgia, United States

Posted Sep 07, 2014

Owning a hognose is an experience for both beginner and advanced reptile owners. They're cute and easily maintained, and, overall, have good temperaments. Their appearance may be the most appealing aspect to some; their "snub" nose gives them a rather cute appearance.

These snakes tend to be reclusive and shy, so it'd important to provide them with the proper substrate and hides for privacy. I had the pleasure of caring for a friend's, and theirs (aptly named Chubs) preferred burrowing to logs, which made buying high-quality substrate all the more essential.

As much as I can see the allure behind this species, their shy tendencies don't quite make them an ideal snake for me. Chubs only emerged when he was hungry, so this species may not be ideal for you if you want a social snake that's often out. If I wanted to handle him, I had to dig for him, and he put up a big defensive display in which he flattened his head and hissed. I suspect that he might've grown more comfortable with regular handling, so be prepared to put up with much huffiness when you first get your pet. Chubs never attempted to bit me, which I hear is relatively common with this species. These snakes rarely strike, and, in the event that they do, it's typically a close-mouthed bluff. This is particularly good considering that they're mildly venomous. I've heard that some also play dead rather than take a more aggressive approach.

On the bright side, these snakes are hardy, easy to care for, and have a good, reliable appetite. There's not much guesswork as to when you should feed them; they'll let you know by emerging from their hiding place.

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