Western Hognose Snake

Western Hognose Snake At Wingham WIldlife Park

Western Hognose Snake Natural History

Size

Females of this species can grow to almost 3 ft (90 cm) while males are smaller, reaching 24 inches (61 cm). They can weigh between 80-350 g.

Habitat and Distribution

This snakes range stretches from southern Canada through the United States to Northern Mexico. It prefers sandy or gravelly soil habitats such as sandhills and prairies.

Age

Western hognose snakes can live for up to 18 years in captivity.

Diet

In the wild they would eat small rodents, lizards, eggs and amphibians

Groups and Breeding

Females will lay clutches of 8-25 eggs depending on their age and size. Hatchlings are 5-7 inches long. Males will reach maturity at 1 year of age and females at 2.

Threats

Although loss of habitat affects this species their numbers are stable, and they are listed as ‘Least Concern’ on the IUCN red list.

Interesting facts

They get their name from their hog-like appearance thanks to their upturned snout.

The Western Hognose Snake During Your Day Out in Kent

Our western hognose snakes can be seen in the reptile house alongside a number of other reptiles (including monitors, geckos, and crocodiles), amphibians and invertebrates. Here at Wingham Wildlife Park we feed these snakes mice or rat pups once a week.