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Toffee Belly Western Hognose – Heterodon nasicus


Our Toffee Belly Western Hognose are only available in our shop in Kidlington, Oxfordshire, we do not courier animals.

The Toffee Belly Western Hognose is becoming more popular, in part down to their size, ease of care, and ever growing number of available pattern and colour morphs.

To find out if we currently have any mourning geckos in our shop, call us on 01865 372200 or contact us online.

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The Toffee Belly Western Hognose is a harmless, stout bodied, small colubrid from North America, found throughout the Great Plains states from Canada to Mexico. There is some debate as to whether they are mildly venomous or nonvenomous with toxic saliva; whatever the case, they are not at all dangerous. As well as being disinclined to bite – they rely mainly on bluff displays to alarm predators – they are rear fanged, which means that the longer teeth are placed well back in the mouth where it is very hard for them to reach your skin. Most people will not react at all to a bite, some will experience some itching and swelling at the site of the bite; obviously, if you are allergic to any kind of venom (such as bee or wasp stings) it’s probably best to keep a different species.

Females are considerably larger than males, growing up to 90cm (3′), although 60cm (2′) is more common. Males average half of this!

Toffee Belly Western Hognose Diet

They are mainly diurnal in the wild, and eat a varied diet comprising mainly of amphibians and lizards, with the occasional rodent for variety. In captivity they are happy to eat defrost rodents, although sometimes hatchlings do require strips of fish to get them started. It is then a fairly simple task to transfer them to rodent prey.

In order to defend themselves from predators they have a wide range of display behaviours. They have a very loud hiss, and will puff themselves up to look larger than they are; they also flatten their heads like a cobra, rattle their tails like a rattlesnake, and if all else fails they play dead!

If you’re looking for a small snake that’s a little bit different but has bags of personality, the Western Hognose might just be the snake for you.


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