to Western Hog!
visiting WesternHog.com. We are Western Hognose specialists. Our
goal is to continually improve the quality of these awesome animals.
To accomplish this, we work with a variety of breeders throughout
the country to increase the genetic diversity of our animals. With
a variety of color morphs available we are excited to see what new
morphs will be produced in the coming years and are proud to be
part of this great community.
for visiting. Be sure to stay tuned to the site and check back
often for new postings and the latest news from WesternHog.
About Western Hog
We at Western Hog, have a passion for animals
and like most reptile enthusiasts, we have
personally been involved with reptiles since childhood. We expanded
into Hognose snakes after
looking for what another smaller snake variety and quickly realized
that these intriguing little
snakes were a great way to go because of their smaller size, ease
of handling and minimal care
required. Since we have been keeping them, we have really grown
fond of their curious nature
and awesome variety of colors.
For more information, feel free to contact us
with any questions you might have.
Western Hognose Information
Hognose snakes are relatively small, stout-bodied
snakes found from southern Canada through
the central United States into northern Mexico. They live in sparsely
vegetated habitats on
well-drained soils, such as dry prairie or oak savanna. Their
color and pattern is highly variable
from subspecies to subspecies, although most are a light sandy
brown in color, with darker
or gray blotching. Hognose snakes get their common name from their
providing a "hog-like" look. This adaptation aids in
digging in the soil and makes these snakes
adept burrowers, which is a useful skill when hunting or seeking
refuge from the elements.
Hog-nosed snakes are considered to be "rear-fanged"
colubrids, but are generally considered
harmless to humans. Being rear-fanged, they possess a set of modified
teeth located far back
in the mouth that produce a mild toxin, used typically to subdue
toads and small mammals.
A nip from one of these animals typically causes no more consequence
than that of similar
harmless colubrids however, prolonged "chewing" may
result in localized irritation, swelling,
headache, or nausea. To our knowledge, there are no known reports
of any serious
envenomation from these animals.
While hognose snakes are still occasionally collected
from the wild, nearly all specimens offered
for sale are of the captive bred and born variety. This provides
the keeper with the best
chance of success with this species, as well as the potential
for selectively bred color and
pattern variations in the future.
For more detailed information on Western hognose
care and habitat click here
or on The Hognose tab at the top of this page.
Thanks for visiting Western Hog!