The western hognose snake is a species snake in the family Colubridae. The species is endemic to North America.
This snake reaches a maximum length of 3 feet (90 cm), but 2 feet (60 cm) is more typical. Most noticeable on the western hognose snake is the strongly upturned, pointed snout.
Life Expectancy. In the wild, western hognose snakes have a lifespan of 9 to 19 years, with an average of 14 years. In human care, their lifespan ranges from 15 to 20 years.
Hognose snakes tend to be timid, preferring to hide from predators in the wild rather than attack. Likewise, in captivity, they rarely turn aggressive. They are relatively easy to maintain once you have their housing and feeding routine down.
Finally, on occasion the Western hognose—most often younger animals—will play dead when it has exhausted its other defenses to ward off danger. The snake rolls over onto its back, with mouth agape and lolling tongue. When flipped upright by hand, it will resume its death feign by rolling back onto its back, which can be quite amusing to witness. This death act is also sometimes accompanied with the Western hognose squirting a foul-smelling musk from anal glands located on either side of the cloaca (not as amusing to witness).