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black phase Eastern Hognose snake

Dale Harris and I found this black phase Eastern Hognose snake in my side yard today. They are fairly common snakes and the black phase is also prety common. He did all the usual possum tricks and rerolling himself over when we turned him upright. Got some great video of him peeking his head up and checking to see if the coast is clear before crawling away. Definately neat snakes.

They really ham it up when you try and turn them back over. I didnt have the cameras out when we found him or we would have gotten some pics of their first line of defense, spreading a false cobra like hood and hissing. Lot of folks mistake them right there for venomous and whack em. Some of the locals call them spreading adders, hooded adders and swear to all get out they are venomous.

Truth is they are slightly venomous and have a saliva that works as a sort of mild neuro toxin on their favorite foods toads. There have been cases reported where humans have had a slight reaction to them. Personally i dont see how you get one to bite you. If you mess with them even slightly they usually just roll right over and play dead. Once the coast is clear though.....

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black phase Eastern Hognose snake

Awesome pics. I love snakes and they are certainly cool in my books. Thumbs up

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black phase Eastern Hognose snake

You have a very interesting yard there Hatracked!

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I am lucky to live in the country without a doubt. I can always step outside and go find something interesting to look at photograph or hunt. Done everything from otter trapping to whitetail deer hunting within a few hundred yards of my house.

Few more pics I just got done editing from around the house woods.

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