Acquired: Pet store
Georgia, United States
Posted Jun 15, 2016
I got Severus last year and he has been a complete joy. Western Hognose Snakes are incredibly adorable and a relatively small, averaging around 20 inches. They can also live about 20 years in captivity.
Housing requirements for the Hognose is quite simple. I have mine in a 10 gallon aquarium with a securely closed top (A MUST! - They are escape artists!) I use an aspen bedding which they love to borrow in and typically during the night they will disappear into it. I have a small tree that he can slither up or hide in and I keep a water bowl in there at all times. I also keep a heat lamp on mine during the day.
I feed my hognose one frozen fuzzy mouse per week. He started on live and he accepted the switch to frozen on the first try. During winter months they stop eating for a while, mine stopped for about 3 months.
Hognose snakes can be fun to watch and easy to hold, but they also can be a bit snappy. They are a bit overdramatic when they aren't in the mood to be bothered or they are scared. Mine loves to pretend to be a cobra/rattle snake and will hiss and mock strike near me. They will also play dead and flip upside down!
In Conclusion, The Western Hognose is a very fascinating snake that would make a wonderful addition to your family!