The Western Hognose Snake (Heterodon nasicus) is a species of snake found in North America. It is a colubrid and therefore is not very venomous.
|The nose of a Western Hognose Snake.|
Distribution and Habitat
The Western Hognose snake is found in North America. They are found in the central states of America. They are even found in the southern part of Canada and northern part of Mexico. Western Hognose snakes can be found in human surroundings, drained short-grass prarie, rocky semi-deserts and deserts, wood edges and fields and chaparrals.
Western Hognose snakes are mainly carnivores. They eat different amphibians like toads and frogs. They even eat reptile eggs, lizards, snakes and birds.
Western Hognose snakes are oviparous and can lay 4 to 23 eggs between the months of June and August. The hatchlings reach maturity after two years. The eggs take 60 days to hatch.
The Western Hognose snake is rated as Least Concern on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. This means that they are not endangered and are high in numbers. However, the are considered as endangered in the state of Iowa and are threatened in the states of South Dakota and Illinois.
Source of pic 1 and pic 2