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Eastern Hog-nosed Snake

Heterodon platirhinos
  • 51-84 cm; record 115.6 cm
  • large dark blotches down back alternating with smaller blotches along sides
  • when threatened, spreads neck to display darker neck pattern and will roll over and play dead
  • can be blotched phase or plain grey, green-brown or even black
  • heavy-bodied
  • flat head with upturned snout
  • belly yellow- grey with greenish-grey pattern
  • underside of tail lighter colour than body
  • scales keeled; anal scale divided
  • lays eggs