Thursday, July 31, 2008

Herp of the Day: Heterodon nasicus

I've collected a few pictures and video of Shawn's Western Hognose Snake (Heterodon nasicus). Here's a video of him chowing a pinkie:

The coolest thing about Heterodon is of course making them die. Here's a photo and a video of one of this guy's siblings (from Amanda Talaba, their breeder) dying soon after hatching:

Here's a bunch of photos of Shawn's Hog at a little less than a year old. He's too habituated to die now. Instead, he does this funny cobra-hood, rearing, hissing and striking (but never biting) threat display.You may notice that one of his eyes is bad. That doesn't impede him in any way.

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