Eastern hognose snakes (Heterodon platirhinos) are strange looking North American snakes that have even stranger abilities. The have a distinct, upturned snout, which they use for digging up prey, especially toads. They are rear-fanged and are non-venomous to humans, but they do possess a venom that is fatal to amphibians.
When threatened, they will first puff themselves up like cobras and hiss very loudly. They may even pretend to strike. If that doesn’t intimidate potential predators, they’ll then roll over on their back and pretend to die. To add to the effect, they’ll stick their tongues out and produce a foul musk.
Throughout their range, eastern hognose snakes come in a variety of colors and patterns. From solid black to blotched brown, these snakes are extremely diverse.
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