(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.
- 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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