Western Hognose Care
Western Hognoses (Heterodon nasicus) are a small species of colubrid found throughout North America. Their range is vast, found as far north as Western Canada and as far south as Texas and Mexico. They attain lengths varying from 16" for males, and 36" for females. One of the most endearing traits of the Western Hognose, is their defense mechanism of "rolling over" and playing dead when they feel threatened. Like harmless garter snakes, Western hognoses possess Duvernoy's gland, which secretes a toxic saliva used to inhibit their prey. While some people may experience a symptom similar to an allergic reaction from their saliva, there have been no reports of death caused by a bite.