western hognose snake

(Heterodon nasicus)

Conservation Status

 

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  IUCN Red List

LC - Least Concern

     
  NatureServe

N5 - Secure

S3 - Vulnerable

     
  Minnesota

Special Concern

Species in Greatest Conservation Need

     
           
 
Description
 
 

The underside of the belly and tail is shiny black.

 
     
 

Size

 
 

15 to 39

 
     
 

Similar Species

 
  Eastern hognose snake (Heterodon nasicus) underside of the tail is light, regardless of the color of the belly.  
     
 
Habitat
 
 

Open, sandy or gravelly areas in dry prairies, savannas, dunes, and river floodplains

 
     
 
Biology
 
 

Behavior

 
 

When threatened it will flatten its head and hiss, like a cobra, or roll onto its back and play dead.

 
     
 

Lifespan

 
 

9 to 19 years

 
     
 

Life Cycle

 
 

 

 
     
 

Food

 
 

Frogs, toads, rodents, bird eggs, lizards, reptile eggs, other snakes, and carrion.

 
     
 
Distribution
 
 

Distribution Map

 

Sources

6, 11, 14, 29, 72, 74.

 
  7/26/2015      
         
 

Occurrence

 
 

 

 
         
 
Taxonomy
 
  Class Reptilia (reptiles)  
  Superorder Lepidosauria  
  Order Squamata (snakes and lizards)  
  Suborder Serpentes (snakes)  
  Infraorder Alethinophidia  
  Superfamily Colubroidea  
 

Family

Colubridae (colubrid snakes)  
 

Subfamily

Dipsadidae  
 

Genus

Heterodon (hognose snakes)  
       
 

The genus Heterodon was originally placed in the family Colubridae then moved to the family Xenodontidae. In late 2009 it was placed in the family Dipsadidae.

 
       
 

Subordinate Taxa

 
 

dusty hognose snake (Heterodon nasicus gloydi)

Mexican hognose snake (Heterodon nasicus kennerlyi)

plains hognose snake (Heterodon nasicus nasicus)

 
       
 

Synonyms

 
 

 

 
       
 

Common Names

 
 

western hog-nose snake

western hognose snake

 
       

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
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Other Videos
 
  Herpers TV Hognose Heaven
HerpersTV
 
   
 
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Published on Aug 28, 2014

One of the most unquestionably popular snakes in herpetoculture is the hognose snake. More specifically, the Plains (formerly western) hognose snake. The morphs that are available are some of the most striking and beautiful colors and patterns in any snake morph, and in this month's episode, we visit one of the top hognose breeders in the world, Justin Mitcham from Extreme Hogs, as he shows us some morphs that have never been seen by the public before!

 
  Snake Surgery
Minnesota DNR
 
   
 
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Published on Jul 30, 2013

Watch as a plains hognose snake is implanted with a radio transmitter. It's part of a study the Minnesota DNR is conducting on the effects of patch-burn grazing on prairie species.

 
  HerpersTV Tracking the Wild Hognose
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Published on Feb 26, 2015

In this episode of HerpersTV, Dan Krull ventures out on the prairies of Minnesota to radio track wild plains hognose snakes with researchers from the Minnesota DNR. We get an inside look into how these amazing snakes survive, breed, and flourish on the northern plains.

 
  Hognose Snake (Hisses and then plays dead)
Eddie Carter
 
   
 
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Uploaded on Oct 19, 2011

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This is for my nephew Blake Carter who is currently keeping a baby hognose snake. These are one of the neatest snakes. They mimic a cobra spreading out their necks. If you do not go away, they will eventually play dead. They will roll over on their back and stick out their tongue.

 
  Western Hognose Snake - Defense
Jonathan Scupin
 
   
 
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Uploaded on Mar 11, 2008

Eastern Colorado

 
       

 

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