We always torment hognose snake’s to get them to display their very unique defensive measures.
First, they puff up and flatten their head and hiss at you, kind of a like a faux cobra.
Then, when that doesn’t work, they sort of rollover and play dead but they’ll keep their head so that they can kind of look at you with one eye. And a dog can carry them or you can roll them around with a stick, returning to a belly up position each time, and they will pretend they’re dead for a good long time.
But then if you back away from them,They’ll lay there for a minute or two, and then slither on their merry way.
They are a beneficial snake, so leave them alone after observation.
They're definitely good snakes. They're prolific in the south and we'd use them for teaching kids about snakes. They're basically harmess and easy to handle it you keep in mind they'll bite you like most snakes if you piss them off.
We also used them for snake breaking quail and deer dogs. Shoot a rattler, skin him out and chop it up in a blender then rub the hognose in it for a scent treatment. It's safe for the dogs and it used to work great. I wonder if that trick is used still today?
Usually when I find one there is always another not far away. I had some wood chips here a couple years ago and in the fall when I went to move them the pile had several of these in it. Just staying warm
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