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Eastern Hognose Snake

Eastern hognose snakes are harmless species of colubrid family found extensively in North America. They are known to make excellent pets as they seldom bites. Females are larger than males.



    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Subphylum Vertebrata
    Class Reptilia
    Order Squamata
    Suborder Serpentes
    Family Colubridae
    Subfamily Xenodontinae
    Genus Heterodon
    Scientific Name Heterodon platirhinos


    Other Names Spreading Adder, Deaf Adder
    Length 71 cm (average), largest specimen : 116cm
    Color Red, green,  brown, orange, gray to black or any combination of these colors, it can be patternless, checkered or spotted; belly is gray, yellow, or cream
    Distribution Eastern-central Minnesota, Wisconsin, southern Ontario (Canada), extreme southern New Hampshire, southern Florida, eastern Texas, western Kansas
    Habitat Woodlands with sandy soil, farmland, fields, coastal areas
    Diet Toads, frogs, salamanders
    Hibernation Fact Hibernate in winters in burrows or abandoned den of other animals
    Predators Owls, hawks, opossums, skunks, other snakes,
    Venom Fact Although rear-fanged, their venom does not pose any danger to humans
    Breeding Season Spring
    Mode of Reproduction Oviparous (egg laying)
    Clutch Size 15 – 25 eggs
    Incubation Period 1 to 2 months
    Reproductive Age 2 years of age
    Average Lifespan In captivity: Up to 12 years
    IUCN Conservation Status Least Concern

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    Published on September 9th 2016 by under Snakes. Article was last reviewed on 30th March 2017.

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