Southern Hognose Snake

Heterodon simus (non-venomous)

Southern hognose snakes are the smaller of the two species of hognose snakes found in Florida. The other species is the Eastern Hognose Snake. Southern hognoses are heavy-bodied for their size, rarely exceeding two feet in length.  Although they come in different shades of red, orange, and yellow, they always have a base color of gray, tan, or reddish brown.  Hognose snakes are famous for playing dead when threatened and will musk, roll onto their back and open their mouth as part of the show.  Southern hognose snakes are most often encountered in the upland habitats where they can burrow through the sandy soil in search of prey like southern toads and eastern spadefoots.

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