Western hognoses care

Morphological characteristics of Western hognoses

The snake Western hognose or hognose snake is a small colubrid robust body, so called because of its nose pointed up that allow them to dig through the loose substrate in search of prey.

It is one of the most popular snakes in the United States, Western hognose, more colloquially known as Snake Western pig snout.

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Feeding Western hognoses

The Western hognose are members of the subfamily Xenodontinae possess a enlarged posterior teeth and a slightly toxic saliva designed primarily to capture and subdue small prey such as lizards, small rodents, amphibians and occasionally small mamifers.

The Western hognose feed primarily on anurans (frogs and toads) Calves born in captivity can start feeding your newborn or Pinkis mice.

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Breeding and reproduction Western hognoses

For many reptile owners, hobbyists and breeders, breeding in captivity, is a rewarding part of maintaining your Western hognose. Upon reaching sexual maturity, breeding success and offspring of their offspring is a thrill for many snake breeders Western hognose. The first step in any reptile breeding is sure to have a sexual partner.

Western hognose sexing adults is not difficult, since they have a great sexual dimorphism. Females are much larger than males of the same age.

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Terrarium of Western hognoses

A terrarium with dimensions of 70x30x30 cm, ideal for accommodating a Western hognose adult. The enclosure may be a nursery or glass, with sliding doors or removable lid, or an aquarium with a well ventilated, secure lid. We can also keep our Heterodon nasicus successfully in plastic boxes with many ventilation holes drilled on the sides.

Whatever the type of cabin you choose for your Western hognose, make sure it is safe and can not escape.

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Diseases of Western hognoses

Snakes Western hognose are just small creatures that suffer diseases. Most health problems are usually due to their poor conditioning.

Like all reptiles, Western hognose if not kept in good condition may be susceptible to health problems. In this section we will discuss prevention, internal and external pararitos and the most common health problems.

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Natural habitat of Western hognoses

Natural habitats nasicus Western hognose or hognose snakes range from southwestern Manitoba and southeastern Saskatchewan (Canada) in the south through the U.S. by Illinois to the Great Plains, through Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and Mexico to southern Zacatecas and San Luis Potosi.

Western hognose species is found mainly in grasslands, open shrublands, forests, farmland and river flood plains, which extend from time to time in the semi-desert areas. Arizona contains Heterodones Mexican subspecies nasicus within grasslands and semi-desert of Chihuahua and Santa Cruz bushes.

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