Eastern Hog-nosed Snake Heterodon platirhinos Latreille, 1801  Synonyms: Eastern Hog-nose Snake, Eastern Hognose Snake.
Kingdom Animalia   >   Phylum Chordata   >   Class Reptilia   >   Order Squamata   >   Family Colubridae   >   Genus Heterodon   

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The distinctive Eastern Hog-nosed Snake (Heterodon platirhinos) is famous, along with other members of its genus, for its animated defensive behavior. When confronted with a potential predator, this snake will greatly flatten its neck out to resemble a venomous pit viper, frequently mock-striking in an attempt to frighten its adversary away. If this does not succeed, the snake may resort to further theatrics, as it writhes and thrashes around on the ground, before flipping upside-down and persistently feigning death. Eastern Hog-nosed Snakes are primarily predators of frogs and toads (especially Fowler's Toad), and sometimes lizards. This species, and other hog-nosed snakes, actually have a very mild venom which they deliver to their prey using a pair of small, rear fangs in the back of its mouth. They are placed too far back to be used when striking in defense, and the snake is considered harmless to humans. In fact, when mock-striking in defense, it doesn't even open its mouth. This snake is fond of loose, sandy soils, where it frequently burrows using its modified snout (Tennant, 2003). Eastern Hog-nosed Snake is found throughout Maryland, but most commonly on the sandy coastal plain (Maryland DNR site).

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A primary prey species is the Fowler's Toad.

There are 129 records in the project database.

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An Eastern Hog-nosed Snake in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (4/10/2014). Photo by Frode Jacobsen. (MBP list)

An Eastern Hog-nosed Snake in Dorchester Co., Maryland (5/11/2015). Photo by Jim Brighton. (MBP list)

An Eastern Hog-nosed Snake in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (4/10/2014). Photo by Frode Jacobsen. (MBP list)

An Eastern Hog-nosed Snake in Dorchester Co., Maryland (4/21/2015). Photo by Mark Etheridge. (MBP list) (More of this species)

An Eastern Hog-nosed Snake in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (04/10/2014). Photo by Frode Jacobsen. (MBP list)

An Eastern Hog-nosed Snake in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (6/16/2019). Photo by Andy Connelly. (MBP list)

An Eastern Hog-nosed Snake in Prince George's Co., Maryland (4/20/2019). Photo by Bill Hubick. (MBP list)

An Eastern Hog-nosed Snake found in Prince George's Co., Maryland (4/9/2012). Photo by Mikey Lutmerding. (MBP list)

An Eastern Hog-nosed Snake in Prince George's Co., Maryland (4/20/2019). Photo by Bill Hubick. (MBP list)

An Eastern Hog-nosed Snake in Worcester Co., Maryland (5/5/2006). Photo by Richard Orr. (MBP list)

A young Eastern Hog-nosed Snake in Caroline Co., Maryland (7/17/2015). Photo by Jim Brighton. (MBP list)

An Eastern Hog-nosed Snake in Howard Co., Maryland (6/2/2016). Photo by Bonnie Ott. (MBP list)

An Eastern Hog-nosed Snake in Howard Co., Maryland (6/2/2016). Photo by Bonnie Ott. (MBP list)

An Eastern Hog-nosed Snake playing dead in Wicomico Co., Maryland (6/17/2007). Photo by Jim Brighton. (MBP list)

An Eastern Hog-nosed Snake playing dead in Dorchester Co., Maryland (5/11/2015). Photo by Jim Brighton. (MBP list)

An Eastern Hog-nosed Snake in Prince George's Co., Maryland (10/30/2016). Photo by Justin Lee. (MBP list)

An Eastern Hog-nosed Snake in Howard Co., Maryland (5/2/2011). Photo by Jeff Culler. (MBP list)

Eastern Hog-nosed Snake in Montgomery Co., Maryland (7/7/2014). Photo by Justin Lee. (MBP list)

An Eastern Hog-nosed Snake in Baltimore Co., Maryland (10/30/2018). Photo by Lori Byrne. (MBP list)

An Eastern Hog-nosed Snake in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (10/15/2005). Photo by Wayne Longbottom. (MBP list)

An Eastern Hog-nosed Snake in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (10/30/2016). Photo by Wendy Crowe. (MBP list)

An Eastern Hog-nosed Snake in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (9/10/2017). Photo by Justin Lee. (MBP list)

Eastern Hog-nosed Snake in Montgomery Co., Maryland (10/6/2017). Photo by Justin Lee. (MBP list)

An Eastern Hog-nosed Snake in Howard Co., Maryland (9/15/2013). Photo by Joanne Solem. (MBP list)

An Eastern Hog-nosed Snake in Howard Co., Maryland (9/15/2013). Photo by Joanne Solem. (MBP list)

An Eastern Hog-nosed Snake with prey (6/26/2013). Photo by Mike Lathroum. (MBP list)

An Eastern Hog-nosed Snake plays dead (6/26/2013). Photo by Mike Lathroum. (MBP list)


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