Definition of hognose snake in English:

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hognose snake

Pronunciation: /ˈhôɡˌnōz/ Pronunciation: /ˈhäɡ-/
(also hog-nosed snake)


A harmless burrowing American snake with an upturned snout. When threatened it inflates itself with air and hisses, and may feign death. Also called puff adder in North America.
  • Genus Heterodon, family Colubridae: several species.
Example sentences
  • Not dangerous to man, the western hognose snake uses a slightly toxic saliva to help subdue its prey.
  • The eastern hognose snake is a medium sized snake that often startles people the first time they see one.
  • Like most hognose snakes, the Mexican Hognose is considered slightly venomous but harmless to humans.

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Syllabification: hog·nose snake

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