Robyn Graboski brought Steven the Hognose Snake with her.
The most distinguishing characteristic of the hognose snake I their upturned snout. It helps them dig in sandy soils with a sweeping side to side motion. They burrow in masses of humus and are extremely variable in color and pattern. Hognose snakes are rear-fanged and technically not venomous, but their saliva is toxic to their prey (just not to humans). They will never bite in defense. If threatened, they will flatten their necks, raise their heads and hiss. If that doesn't work, they will roll onto their backs and play dead to deter predators. They are timid snakes and will hide from predators. Typically, they consume their prey live without any constriction. The bulk of their diet is made up of rodents and lizards.
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