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EASTERN HOGNOSE SNAKE

(Heterodon platirhinos)

Eastern Hognose snake, coiled

Figure compliments of Joseph T. Collins

Figure of eastern hognose snout and area where eastern hognose snake is found in South Dakota

Characteristics

  • Snout only slightly upturned with paired dark neck-spots
  • Dark blotches along center with alternating spots on sides of body
  • Highly variable in color
  • Mottled gray belly and the underside of tail much lighter colored than belly
  • Keeled scales
  • Nonvenomous (mildly venomous to its prey)
  • Diet: frogs, toads, and salamanders
  • Habitat: sandy areas in open prairies and
    woodlands
  • Distribution: extreme southeastern South Dakota