Western hognoses care

Morphological characteristics of Western hognoses

The snake Western hognose or hognose snake is a small colubrid robust body, so named 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, is known more colloquially as Snake Western pig snout. A peculiar feature of Western hognose that its name suggests, is the concavity has on his face that makes your nose is hooked up, hence comes the name of hognose snake.

The labial scales that have give the impression of having a smile on his face. However, the behavior of defense, is the most fun in Western hognose as they are well known for their defensive behaviors. When they meet for the first time can produce a loud whistle, flatten the head and neck to imitate a cobra, in order to appear larger and more intimidating.

If this behavior fails him, the Western hognose often get turned upside down and twist on the substrate with the mouth open so as to appear dead and lifeless as the predator release a foul musk. However, with regular handling, snakes Western hognose be more tolerant of handling and their tendency to lose these behaviors. Keep in mind however, that even a supposedly docile snake can bite or react defensively if it is suddenly startled, frightened or when it detects food.

Snakes Western hognose are slightly venomous, but the venom has little effect on people and is believed to be specific to amphibians. Slight swelling, redness and numbness have been reported as effects of a bite Western hognose and rear fangs Heterodon nasicus is commonly thought to use it to deflate the air sacs in the toads, but it seems that this is now the subject of debate. However Western hognose rarely bite in self defense. Western hognose fangs are quite ineffective when injected poison, but it is possible that its slightly toxic saliva, dripping on the fangs can and place it in small amounts in a wound after bite.

We must be careful after handling the food for our Western hognose, we have to carefully wash our hands and so is unlikely to receive a bite from our Western hognose and even if I did it would be unlikely that we nailed the fangs as they found far back in his mouth.

The Western hognose have become increasingly popular among fans of reptiles once, due to its small size and feeding habits of rodents compared with other types of snakes can be more delicate or complicated to maintain.

The Western hognose is a very suitable species for beginners owners because of their small size and ease of care, provided a general knowledge of reptiles is held, and specifically breeding snakes.

Western hognose species born in captivity adapt very easily to eat rodents, both live and frozen.

The Western hognose given proper care, can achieve a lifespan of 15-25 years on average.

Western hognose Taxonomy
  • Kingdom: Animalia
    Filo: Chordata
    Class: Reptilia
    Orde: Squamata
    Suborder: Serpentes
    Family: Colubridae
    Subfamily: Xenodontinae
    Genre: Hognose
    Species Epithet: Western hognose
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