SHOWING RECORD: 5 of 9 Plains Western Hognose Snake
Photograph by Chris Mattison; Frank Lane Picture Agency/Corbis
Plains Western Hognose Snake
Heterodon nasicus nasicus
Subspecies of Western Hognose Snake
July 23, 1805, near Townsend, Broadwater County, Montana.
Sharply upturned and pointed snout. Stout body with broad neck. Tan, brown, gray, or yellowish gray above with distinct or somewhat faded series of dark blotches down back and two or three rows of side spots. Length: 1.3-2.9 ft (0.4-0.9 m).
Sand and gravelly soiled prairie, scrubland, river floodplains. Sea level to 8,000 ft (2,450 m).
Southeastern Alberta and southwestern Manitoba south to western Oklahoma, Texas panhandle, and southern New Mexico.
Primarily active during morning and late afternoon hours; burrows into loose soil to escape hot or cold conditions.