Plains hog-nosed snake

May 14, 2018
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The Wyoming Game & Fish herpetology crew was pleasantly surprised to come across the rarely-seen Plains hog-nosed snake (Heterodon nasicus) while searching for lizards at the Table Mountain Wildlife Habitat Management Area in Goshen County.

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Harmless to humans, these snakes are named for the shape of their nose (or rostral scale) which angles upwards and resembles a pointy nose. This modified nose allows them to burrow under sand and loose soil, which makes them difficult to find.

If you come across a Plains hog-nosed snake this summer, we would love to know where you saw it! Please send sightings with location information and photos to our herpetological coordinator: wendy.estes-zumpf@wyo.gov

 

 

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