Hognose Snake Defense
what do hognose snakes defend themselves with? Are they
Hognose snakes are not poisonous - they will puff up their necks in a
threatening display when approached, but if that doesn't work they will play
Hognose snakes aren't poisonous. Their defense is to bluff. If one is
threatened, it first will act as if it will strike, lifting up its head and
lunging at whatever comes too close. But it doesn't have poison, or fangs:
it's just trying to make you think it does. If that doesn't work, the
snake will pretend to be dead. And they have very definite ideas of what
it means to be dead! The snake will roll onto its back, and will not move
- unless you roll it back over onto its stomach. Then it will flip itself
back onto its back again, as if to say, "No! Can't you see that I'm dead?"
I like hognose snakes.
Richard Barrans Jr., Ph.D.
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Update: June 2012