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Western Hognose Snake (Heterodon nasicus)

Name:Western Hognose Snake (Heterodon nasicus)Western Hognose Snake
Group:Snakes - Colubrids
Description:in general, their base color is cream to tan with several brown to olive green blotches running down the spine and they have 2 to 3 rows of lateral spots as well. There are 35+ dorsal spots in the males and 40+ in the females. There is a band from eye to eye across the rear of the frontal scales which extends obliquely from the back of the eye angling to the corners of the mouth. The dorsal and lateral scales of all Heterodon are heavily keeled. The hognose receives its name from the rostral-nose scale that is up-turned hence giving it a pig or hog-nosed appearance. Hognose snakes are famous for their defense displays. If they are approached and feel threatened, they rear up with a cobra-like hood. Though they have little intention of biting, they striking out with their mouth open and releasing a loud hiss. If these antics do not succeed in scaring the aggressor, the snake will turn over, violently twist about as if in agony, and then finally roll over and play dead (thanatosis) often with mouth open and tongue protruding.
Added:Sat - 22 January 2011, 12:44:25 PM

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