Eastern Hog-nosed Snake
Scientific Name: Heterodon platirhinos
Habitat: Forests, brush, grasslands.
Threats: Loss of Habitat, Roads, Human Persecution
Photographed: October 2019, Norfolk County, Ontario.
Story: Adam was leading a guided nature hike when he found this beautiful eastern hognose snake in some white pine woods in a forestry reserve in Ontario's Norfolk County. The snake reared up, as if to strike, and rattled its tail. This is a common defence strategy used by eastern hognoses: pretending to be a dangerous. In reality, hognoses aren't dangerous, unless you're a toad or rodent. They often pretend to "rattle" their tails to scare off predators, even though they don't actually have a rattle. If that doesn't work, these snakes will sometimes even play dead! Adam was able to capture this photo of the snake before it silvered off into the brush.
Did you know?
The eastern hognose is technically a venomous snake, but its venom is too mild to be dangerous to humans. The venom will kill toads and other amphibians.
The eastern hognose when threatened will flatten its head like a cobra, rear up, and pretend to strike, but doesn't often bite.
Will play dead if its other defences haven't worked.
Typical size is 51-84 cm, but record size is 115.6 cm.
Can live up to 12 years
Tragically, are often mistaken for rattlesnakes and sometimes killed because people fear them
One of Adam's favourite snakes