Eastern Hognose Snake (Heterodon platirhinos)

Description: 20 - 35 inches. Eastern Hognose Snakes are highly variable snakes. They can be greenish, gray, brown, black, orange, and even reddish in color. They may have very distinct blotches, very faded blotches, or no blotches at all. The belly is always light colored, with the underside of the tail being even lighter than the rest. Young Eastern Hognose Snakes may have a dark belly, but the underside of the tail will always be light colored. There is an upturned scale on the nose, which is said to look like the front of a hogs nose.

Similar Species: Western Hognose Snakes have a darker, almost completely black belly with random light patches.

Age in years of Most Recent Record
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