Species information

 

Western Hognosed Snake

Heterodon nasicus

Heterodon nasicus - Western Hognosed Snake

 

Common name

Western Hognosed Snake

Scientific name

Heterodon nasicus

Family

Colubridae

Appearance

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.

 

Locality

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

20years.

 

REcomended vivarium size

24x12x12in.

 

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.

 

Diet

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

 

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