Southern Hognose Snake
Heterondon simus

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

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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.

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Southern Hognose Snake, Heterondon simus
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July 07, 2009
Contact: South Carolina Reptiles and Amphibians