Photo of Eastern Hog-nosed Snake courtesy of Corey Wickliffe
Photo of Eastern Hog-nosed Snake courtesy of John White
Anywhere there are sandy soils, including fields, any open woods, agricultural fields and pastures. Appear to prefer edge habitats.
This diurnal species can be found anywhere there are large toad populations, their main prey item. Walk field, forest and wetland edges in late Spring and Summer, particularly during a toad metamorphosis event, or look in your backyard vegetable garden. Typically “plays dead” when handled. Only a few reported bites by this species. Considered non-venomous, though it is a “rear-fanged” snake with mildly toxic saliva. Often mistaken for Copperhead.
Photo of Habitat for Eastern Hog-nosed Snakecourtesy of Rebecca Chalmers
Can be found statewide but more abundant on the Coastal Plain.
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