Eastern Hognose Snake
Heterodon platyrhinos

Technically the Hognose Snake is an Eastern Hognose Snake. It might also be known as a Spreading Adder, Blow Viper, Puff Adder or Hissing Adder. These names stem from the belligerant behavior of the creature. If the hissing, lunging, puffed-up body and flattened neck fail to discourage an intruder, the snake rolls over and plays dead. The closely related Western Nognose, H. nasicus, puts on a similar but somewhat less impassioned performance.

The adult Hognose Snake is about 3-1/2 feet at full maturity. The upturned snout, wide neck, thick body help to give it a name. The underside of its tail is lighter than the belly; yellow, brown, tan or reddish, with dark squarish blotches on the back and round blotches on the side. Occasionally an adult may appear black with white spots along its sides. Those with a black morph are not as common as the brown. Its preferred habitat is woodland edges and grasslands.

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