Friday, April 30, 2010

Eastern Hognose Snake

Yesterday, I was lucky enough to come across an Eastern Hognose Snake (Heterodon platirhinos) while walking along a ridge just north of Bloomington, IN. He puffed right up for us, and was delightfully cooperative.

I love this section from Amphibians and Reptiles of Indiana by Sherman A. Minton Jr.

'When I first began hunting snakes near New Albany, the "Spreading Viper" was almost universally regarded as more dangerous than the Copperhead. There were not a few persons who believed the snakes could spit or spray venom. Today many people are aware of the harmless nature of this snake and even regard it with amusement. Recent recognition that it is indeed slightly venomous is a final bit of irony.'

After getting some close pictures, we let him continue about his way in pursuit of toads, frogs, and salamanders.

Heather got this picture of me checking out the Hognose. He certainly wasn't feeling aggressive.

1 comment:

judahmo said...

Wow! Those pictures are great! What kind of camera are you using?