Eastern Hognose Snake

Scientific Name
Heterodon platirhinos
Also Known As
Eastern Hog-nosed Snake
All of Florida
Mostly Amphibians
Life Expectancy
~10 Years
The eastern hognose snake

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Eastern Hognose Snake conservation status - Vulnerable

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This Snake is Not Venomous

Eastern Hognose Snakes in Central Florida

The eastern hognose snake (Heterodon platirhinos) is a harmless yet fascinating species found throughout central Florida. This stout-bodied snake is known for its dramatic defensive displays, specialized diet, and key role in local ecosystems. Read on to learn about eastern hognose snake identification, biology, ideal habitat, and prevention tips if encountered near homes.

Appearance and Identification

The eastern hognose snake can be identified by the following distinct features

Adult eastern hognose snake

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Adult Eastern Hognose Snake

  • Size: Adults average 20-33 inches (51-84 cm) long. Record length over 51 inches.
  • Color: Tan, gray, brown, olive, orangish, or yellow base color with variable darker blotches. Melanistic individuals are solid black.
  • Head: Distinctive upturned snout with pointed shovel-shaped scale on tip. Large eyes with round pupils.
  • Body: Very stout, almost sausage-like. Short tail around 8-15% of total body length. Keeled dorsal scales.
  • Sexual dimorphism: Females longer than males on average.
Juvenile eastern hognose snake

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Juvenile Eastern Hognose Snake

  • Size: Hatchlings measure 8-14 inches (20-36 cm) long.