Earlier this month, I was walking out across the old garden and came upon a snake lying, flattened out, sunning itself. Once I had double-checked the markings, I identified it as an Eastern Hognose, and quickly picked it up, expecting it to play dead. However, it was very calm and allowed me to handle it for close to half an hour.
It’s always nice when I can find a critter and use it as a teaching tool. Be it my siblings, friends, young children, or even my grandparents; I enjoy being able to give them an example of what I’m talking about.
This particular Hognose measured 22″ tip to vent; overall length was two feet. An impressive snake! No playing dead or rattlesnake-type behavior. A very sweet snake, if you are one who considers snakes to be such. 😉
Yes! It crawled into my jacket and settled like this for at least ten minutes.
Eastern Hognose Snakes are harmless and non-venomous to humans. They are a rear-fanged serpent, with saliva toxic to their prey (amphibians).
If you would like to know more about the Eastern Hognose Snake, click HERE.
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