Creature Feature: Eastern Hog-Nosed Snake

By MDC | July 1, 2024
From Xplor: July/August 2024

Shovel Snout

A hog-nosed snake uses its flat, upturned snout to dig through loose soil while searching for toads to eat.

Hissy but Harmless

When threatened, a harmless hog-nosed snake hisses loudly and flattens its head and neck like a cobra.

Tougher than Toxins

Toads secrete poison from their skin that can kill or sicken predators. Hog-nosed snakes are immune to toad toxin and happily munch the hapless amphibians.

Cap of Coils

While playing dead, a hog-nosed snake often hides its head under the coils of its tail for protection.

Fakey Snake

If the cobra act fails to frighten away a predator, the hog-nose rolls onto its back, flops out its tongue, and pretends to be dead.

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