Description: Eastern hognose snakes are stocky snakes whose name is derived from their upturned snout. They are highly variable in color, but are usually brown or gray with dark brown blotches. Some individuals have extensive reddish or orange suffused into the general pattern; some, however, are patternless, appearing solid gray or black. Eastern hognose snakes have keeled scales and can be distinguished from southern hognose snakes by the underside of the tail, which is lighter than the belly.
Feeding/Diet: The hognose snake uses its upturned nose to dig for toads, a favorite food. Enlarged teeth in the rear of the mouth are used to “pop” toads for easier swallowing.
Reproduction: Hognose snakes lay from 5–50 eggs in June and July. The babies hatch about two months later and look like the adults.
Miscellaneous: When threatened, hognose snakes hiss loudly and spread their necks like cobras do, resulting in the nicknames “puff adder” or “spreading adder.” They rarely bite during these displays, but they may strike repeatedly. If the antagonist continues, the hognose snake will feign death by opening its mouth, rolling over on its back, and writhing around. If turned over onto its belly, it will immediately roll again onto its back.