Snake Identification Guide - Page 4

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A. If the rostral scale (nose) is upturned and pointed, then the snake is a harmless Eastern Hog-nosed Snake (Heterodon platirhinos). The pattern and coloration of the eastern hognose snake can vary greatly.

 

The harmless Eastern Hog-nosed Snake is also well known for it acting ability, which includes hissing loudly, spreading of the neck to appear larger and playing dead. The snake rarely bites but will strike repeatedly with mouth closed.

 

 


Megan G. Rollins

Illustration by Megan G. Rollins

 

B. Rostral scale rounded ----- Click Here

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