Acquired: Online breeder / seller
Indiana, United States
Posted Mar 20, 2015
I own three hognose snakes; two of these snakes are female and one is male. To new owners, hognose snakes may appear incredibly aggressive because they go on the defense a lot. Don't be fooled, the snake is generally bluffing. Western hognose will hiss, flatten themselves, and sometimes even play dead. Don't bother them when they do this though, just in case your snake really is stressed.
Hognose are pretty easy to handle and will rarely, if ever, bite you. It's usually due to them being eager to feed. These snakes love to eat. If they do bite you, some mild swelling may occur at the site, but their venom is pretty inefficient and won't be much of an issue.
They don't get very big. Females typically grow up to about three feet and males come in slightly smaller and max out at two.
Tanks are easy to set up, which require a bit of substrate deep enough to burrow, a couple hides, and a water source.
This species is great for people looking for an active, good-looking snake that's easy to handle. I love my hognose.