Species information


Western Hognosed Snake

Heterodon nasicus

Heterodon nasicus - Western Hognosed Snake


Common name

Western Hognosed Snake

Scientific name

Heterodon nasicus




The western hognose snake is a small heavy bodied colubrid, which has a characteristic upturned rostral scale (giving it the name hognose). They are generally yellow or brown with small dark square dorsal and dark round lateral blotches.



Through the Great plain states ( Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri,
Kansas, Iowa, Nebraska, North and South Dakota), Canada and Mexico.


Adult size

Rarely over 3ft, males rarely reaching more than 2ft.


Approx lifespan



REcomended vivarium size



Basic set up type

Desert or savannah, substrate of a few inches can be provided as this species is known to occasionally borrow. Make sure hides are provided in both the warm end and the cool end.



A diet consisting of rodents is best for the Western Hognose Snake.


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