Southern Hognose Snake
Family: Xenodontidae - Robust Rear-fanged Snakes
Typical Adult Size: 14 to 20 inches
Reproduction: egg laying
Eye Pupil: round
Dorsal Scales: keeled
Anal Scale: divided
Although this small species has large rear fangs and a mild venom, it is considered harmless to humans.
Southern Hognose Snakes are not as common as the Eastern Hognose Snake. Southerns are considered a species of concern in South Carolina.
Like its larger cousin, the Eastern Hognose Snake, Southern Hognose Snakes also feign death to discourage potential predators. The Southern has a more sharply upturned snout than the Eastern.
Adults range in size from 14 to 20 inches. This species lays eggs.Additional Images:
|Southern Hognose Snake, Heterondon simus|
July 07, 2009
Contact: South Carolina Reptiles and Amphibians