The eastern hognose snake thrives in central Florida’s warm, humid climate. Average temperatures range from the 60sF in northern areas to the 70sF further south. Rainfall averages 50-65 inches annually.
Preferred habitats include sandy pine and oak woodlands, palmetto scrublands, prairies, meadows, and farmland edges. Their stout build allows them to burrow readily in loose soils. Rotting logs, mammal burrows, and dense ground litter provide shelter.
Central Florida’s mix of natural habitats and agricultural areas surrounded by expanding suburbs offers prime resources. Rats, toads, and eggs abound near farmlands. Urban parks and undeveloped lots harbor prey. The loamy soil enables burrows.